I have chosen a special subtopic of Exceptional Education in which I am employed. I teach twenty students with exceptional needs and it is not an easy task. Educators must be well-equipped with knowledge about the different disabilities and disorders that affects each child’s life. We must constantly participate in professional training, improve our learning and skills to accommodate these children. The topic below will explain some aspects of teaching and supporting exceptional children.
What are Some Appropriate Educations for Exceptional Students?
Exceptional students are more like their peers than they are different. So, why are they classified as “exceptional” with special needs? According to Heard 2014, some exceptional students share certain physical characteristics and/or patterns of learning and behaviors; such as developmental and learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, autism, and gifted/special talented. I have worked with exceptional students in an inclusive classroom for many years. They are the most unique group of students I have ever been around. It is a challenge but enjoyable to see them strive to be their own person and to become a part of a normal society.
Reference: Heard, W.L. (2014). Who are exceptional children. Pearson Allyn Bacon. Prentice Hall. Retrieved from https://www.education.com/reference/article/who-are-exceptional-children/
Education for children with special needs: Appropriate special education programs are designed to benefit their special needs and early intervention services to acquire a fair and equal education to succeed in learning and skills. My personal belief based on co-workers’ opinions, many are not well-trained and lack the appropriate resources to accommodate their students’ special needs. Therefore, additional professional training in early education is required to advance teachers in attaining more knowledge and skills in special education. Teaching exceptional students also requires patience, time, and dedication from teachers and administrators. Getting to know your students, learning about their abilities, and learning styles can help teachers make amends to lesson plans. I have received a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences/ majoring in Childhood Development/ minor in Special Education. This is why I am interested in teaching children with disabilities and disorders.
By engaging in open-ended activities/games, modified curriculum, art, educational technology, music, and participating in open discussions and/or reading, I believe exceptional students achieve expectations. These educational activities help them to express their capabilities more visible. I know that keeping exceptional students on a routine schedule help them to stay organized and maintain behavioral management in the classroom. My advice is to keep parents involved in their children’s learning and progress on a daily basic. Exceptional students are individuals who are a part of our families, schools, and communities. In society, it takes the whole village to teach and support all children to fulfill their life potentials.
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