Special Education Foundations and Framework
September 29, 2013
Investigating Meaningful Teaching
I have heard many times “It takes a special person to work with special children.” I find it more of a calling. Working with special children is a gift that we receive from God. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says, “The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others.” I consider serving the special needs community my gift. Over the years, the only difficult issue I have had is working with students who have become disabled from the neglect of others. Near drowning victims, physical abuse victims, and emotionally abused victims are difficult for me to work with because they have become disabled or have developed learning disabilities at the hands of other people. As I have children of my own, I find this difficult to deal with emotionally and I cannot fathom the torture this must cause the parents. Meaningful Learning Experience
In the two self-contained classroom interviews the teachers were very positive in speaking about their profession. They both want to have happy experiences for the students. One teacher explains that we need to be positive in our behavior. Positive attitudes are contagious and the students will be negative if the teacher is negative. Other points explained were to be engaged in the subject and to know the student’s IEP. Another important aspect of keeping the teaching and learning experience worthwhile is to teach out of the IEP. This is a concept that we have not read in any of our literature. Teach outside the IEP? How can we do that? Think of this concept as out of the box thinking rather than out of the IEP. Teaching other things in a limited way can keep the students engaged in school longer. There is a lot of repetition in teaching students with special needs because the repetition helps them learn and retain, that sometimes they can get bored and disengage. Basically both self-contained...
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