Running Title: Education of a
Education of a Special Educator
Grand Canyon University: SPE 522
October 2, 2012
Education of a Special Educator
As an educator, I believe that every child is entitled to a positive and engaging education. In my classroom I am an effective teacher requiring my students to strive in academics, socializing, and giving me and themselves 150%. My goal is to not only teach the subjects but promote development socially and academically in a positive way. Wiessbourd (2003) states, “moral development of students depends on the adults in their lives.” Pg.14 With this in mind, I must remind myself to be an effective teacher, I must learn about each child individually. Use engaging, differential teaching techniques, not using gender based material to ensure that all of my students are learning the concepts that I have presented to them, allowing ample time for each of them to learn, to make mistakes, including myself in a positive way. Show compassion to each of them, teaching compassion for the next person. As an educator, I have learned several new aspects that will help me achieve my dream to be an effective teacher. One that will be able to teach the diversity of students that I will encounter during my years of teaching. In fact, I have learned several different methods of teaching, assessment, reinforcements and the development and implementation of the different plans and methods that will help us teach our students to become independent and responsible for their own lives. I have learned so many different factors that will help me teach my students, provide support, assess their learning and to develop skills that will be useful in their daily lives. I believe that one of the biggest problems with educating our youth today is related to negative behavior issues. To deal with behavior issues, we need to understand how to. The PBS (Positive Behavior Support) includes several different models that help assess the student and their behavior. Though, different, each model has seven steps to follow. The steps include: 1) describe behavior, 2) make decision about level of severity and priority, 3) gather information, 4) develop hypothesis about what and why behavior is happening, 5) design positive support plan, 6) implement plan & 7) monitor, evaluate and revise plan if needed. With PBS (Positive Behavior Support), I will be able to provide a safe, secure, engaging environment. When students are engaged in their learning, they have less time to misbehave. To have them involved in their process of learning and setting goals, students will establish a sense of belonging. It is important when teaching students, especially those with disabilities is to have collaboration from the student, parents and other professionals. By having an effective behavior management plan, will make it easier for everyone to collaborate with each other and for the student to succeed. For this reason a code of ethics for the implementation of PBS is not only important for educators, professionals, parents and the community to develop together, the student’s prospective is very important. In fact, they are the ones that we are all advocating for. Students also need a code of ethics to follow. The development of ethical codes is very important because we need consistency within our school systems and communities. Each of the three levels of ethical codes for PBS is essential in the education of our students. It is the primary ethical obligation of school personnel to protect the rights, provide an education, support, guidance and leadership to students, parents and their community. It is essential that the code of ethics is followed by everyone, for everyone is responsible for their own actions. Besides the school-wide prospective of the ethic codes that pertains to PBS, we also need to develop an ethical code that is universal. This means as educators, administration,...
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