Philosophy of Special Education

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Special Education is defined by the dictionary as classroom or private instruction involving, techniques, exercises, and subject matter designed for students whose learning needs cannot be met by standard school curriculum. I, on the other hand believe that Special Education is the above statement and more. My definition of Special Education is classroom or private instruction involving different techniques for students whose learning needs cannot be met by standard school curriculum; so that they may have the same learning experiences as students in regular education classes Special Education is one of the most important ways that students can learn. Through special education students learn tolerance, love for differences, and a sense of spirit. Special Education students should not be shunned away into dark hallways and put into special classes; they should be with their friends and neighbors. Being segregated can cause life long trauma in self-esteem and worth. Teachers should understand and make adjustments for special education students while not letting the other students lag behind. The teacher should understand when they have done all they could to help the special education students they should then go to the school and ask them to fill in the rest. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are helpful in establishing such an environment, the teacher acting as a guide, allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct their learning, and promoting respect for all things and all people. Although these three elements are set in place and describe as helpful for special education, I...
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