I teach 18 amazing 3rd graders for reading, writing, math, and social skills in the resource room. We have a couple students with an emotional disturbance eligibility, a couple of students with the Autism Spectrum Disorder, and 14 students with a Specific Learning Disability. They range from Kindergarten to 3rd grade reading levels and 1st to 3rd grade math skills.
Despite all they are up against, this is the most resilient, hard-working, creative, and courageous group of students I have had the pleasure of working with!
They come to school every day eager to learn and grow. We are constantly working on always doing our personal best and persevering even when the task gets tough.
My students work so hard in the resource room in every subject: reading, writing, and math! Some students have grown from reading 15 words to 70 words per minute; some have mastered addition and subtraction with regrouping (a difficult skill) and multiplication/division; and some have grown from writing simple sentences to multiple paragraphs. They LOVE writing and publishing their work. Access to a color printer and scanner would allow them to not only print/publish their writing in color, but they would also be able to scan their work to Google Slides, Google Docs, and Adobe Spark projects.
As many of my students struggle with reading fluently, getting to use text-to-speech makes the world of a difference for them.
Many of their strengths lie in math, however, in math activities, quizzes, and assessments, they have to decode and read the problems in order to solve. With reliable headphones and access to text-to-speech, they can listen to directions, answer choices, and most importantly, the math problems. This will allow them to actually show what they know, which in turn will help their confidence and drive to persevere! Giving my special education students opportunities to succeed using technology will help even the playing field for them.
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