As George Evans said, “Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.” My students are no different. I have the privilege to teach students with moderate and severe cognitive disabilities. I have an average of 10 students in my class and with another teacher, who teaches students with mild/moderate cognitive disabilities, we average 20 students a year. We are not only teaching our students academics, but also the skills they will need to live as independently as possible.
All students can learn: some at different levels and at different pace.
I try to find new ways of learning and new experiences for my students to have to help them be as successful as possible.
I teach in a STEM middle school. My students love hands on activities! This project will help my students learn about the life cycle of plants and chickens/ducks. We borrowed an incubator this past spring and raised chickens. We also had butterfly larvae and watched the life cycle of butterflies. However, the person we borrowed the incubator from is no longer at my school and therefore, we currently do not have a way to do this project this school year. This year we would like to study the life cycle of plants by having a greenhouse.
Through this project, my students with moderate and severe cognitive disabilities worked on probability and graphing for Math, reading and comprehension for English/Language Arts, and identifying characteristics of living things for Science.
My students had so much fun with this project and are looking forward to working on it again this year.
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