My student's positive attitude towards learning is inspiring. I am a special education teacher. I teach and work with a group of students with a range of moderate disabilities. I have students with autism, ADHD, communication disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and students with a wide range of sensory needs. I work with students in the first and third grade in a resource room setting, as well as provide inclusion services in their general education classrooms. Although academics can be a challenge for my students they always strive for success!
Enthusiastic, motivated, and determined are just a few words that describe the wonderful students I am proud to work with every day.
There are almost five hundred students enrolled in my school, 50 percent of the students that attend are English language learners. 55.7% of the students are high needs and 32.6 % are economically disadvantaged.The school that I work at is a title 1 school and the majority of the students that I work with come from low income families. Most of my students receive free or reduced lunch as well as a backpack program that provides food over the weekend.
I am requesting a variety of sensory items for my students. These items will give my students the ability to develop skills they need in order to access the grade level curriculum. These tools will also create a calmer classroom environment. Many of my students have weakened visual perception, attention difficulties, weakened postural tone, and difficulties processing and registering sensory information.
In this order, there are items that will fulfill my student's learning needs and their sensory needs.
I am requesting 3 wobble stools and cushioned chairs, so that my students can sit, and fidget, without feeling the need to get up and walk around the room, which is distracting to other students. I am also requesting cushioned chair pads so that if my students need to they can take the pad with them in their general education classroom. I am requesting reading headsets. This will help my students who are struggling with reading as well as focusing. It will give them the opportunity to clearly hear the sounds in words. I am also requesting light filters to place over the fluorescent lights in my classroom, this will help create a calmer environment, especially for students who have difficulty processing and registering sensory information. Lastly, I have students that struggle with visual perception; the reading trackers I am requesting will help them develop their fluency skills.
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