Table of Contents
Mission Statement & Philosophy 3
Classroom Environment 4
Classroom Interruptions 7
Management Strategies 8
Instructional Techniques 11
Before we begin exploring the nuances and best practices in Special Education, I wanted to first welcome you and introduce myself. My name is Alyssa Mastrocco, and I am an administrator in the Polaris family of schools. I am proud to work at this school because we are not only focused on educating every student enrolled in our schools, but in guiding them beyond high school, into the college and career that is best for them.
At Polaris, Special Education takes a sort of leading role in the educational environment. Our Special Education teachers are viewed as some of the most valuable members of our teaching staff, and contribute great things to each and every classroom throughout the school, from teaching techniques, things to look out for, troubleshooting advice, and planning strategies.
Because our Special Education team is so valued among our staff, we believe it’s important for all teachers to have a resource to turn to for the same guidance they provide in person. In this manual, you will find sections related to classroom environment, behavioral management, student assessment, intervention planning, content delivery, addressing student challenges, and much more.
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The amount of people who live with disabilities is a controversial number. Depending on what law and diagnostic tools used, a person may have a visible disability, or one that may lie beneath the surface of his or her appearance. Some people believe that the term “disability” is merely a label use to hold back, or prescribe helplessness. Meanwhile, individuals who have been properly diagnosed with disabilities struggle to maintain respect and acceptance every day. In plain language, there is a lot of misunderstanding between people with disabilities and those without. It is firstly important to get everyone on the same page regarding the definition of disability.
After reading chapters one and two of the book “Exceptional lives”, I could more easily understand special education. As a teacher, I will mostly likely have many students with disabilities in my class throughout my career. With
I have distinctly applied for Special Needs Education because special education has always been what’s near and dear to me in the field of education. Being a special education teacher would be an inevitably rewarding job, in which I get to watch my students grow, as I celebrate their small breakthroughs and victories with them. These small breakthroughs and victories will improve over time and turn into giant leaps, which will leave a lasting impact and ultimately change the child’s life. Beyond just educating children with special needs, I aspire to educate the public about children with special needs and special education. By doing so, I hope to remove any uncertainty and fear the public has on this group of children. Not only do I want to impart knowledge on these special children, I also want to advocate for them, which is something that goes
The time is now to become a Special Education Teacher. I believe the best fit for my academic and vocational goals is the UWM Exceptional Education Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program.
My personal philosophy of special education drives not from teaching in the field, but from, observations, and personal experience, and the workshops I attended. I have had the opportunity to work with individuals with special needs in many different settings, all this help cultivate my knowledge in handling the needs of the special needed student. Special needs students have the ability to learn, to function, to grow, and most importantly to succeed. The difference comes into how they learn or how they need to be taught. There are as many beliefs about the "hows" as there are teachers and each of us forms our own philosophy through our experiences and research. As a student in a special education teachers’ program, learners with
One of the reason people chose a career in special education is job satisfaction. Special education teacher perceived their job to be rewarding. They get personal fulfillment and gratification in teaching special need students. “It truly must be passion to continue working in special education because we all know it is a tough job.”(Participate 2010,”Motivational factor towards pursuing a career in special education”)They have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the students’ lives. When the student who is struggling in school graduate it brings great satisfaction to the educator. The most important part of this field is to help a child develop to their highest potential.
One of the most essential aspects of the educational process is to know how to motivate students for learning. A challenging part of being a teacher is to know and learn how to motivate students. First of all, a good definition for motivation is as Byrnes quote “Motivation is construct
Mission: The mission of The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is to render all possible support and assistance to professionals who teach children with special needs. NASET seeks to promote standards of excellence and innovation in special education research, practice, and policy in order to foster exceptional teaching for exceptional children.
Variety School is a special school in Clark County School District. It is located on Stewart and Eastern. There is very little to actually be found on their website. Their mission statement talks about least restrictive environment, behavioral intervention, and opportunities to graduate from high school. They also talk about transition to post secondary education, workforce, and independent living and becoming productive members of society. ("Variety," 2017) On their accountability report the objectives involve inclusion and accessing the community. There seems to be a small number of students at the school It looks like 26 students with 24 IEPs. Twenty students get free or reduced lunch and 12 were black and 22 were
There are many reasons why one would wish to enter the field of education. Education is one of the most fulfilling occupations that one can enter. There is nothing like being able to watch our students progress through not only the content of our subject areas, but also to see progress in life as well. Teachers have the ability to provide inspiration toward many young people and are the source for many success stories later in life. I personally am the product of many hours of effective classroom inspiration throughout my entire life.
All the ethical principles stated on “Council for Exceptional Children,” play a vital role in the special education field. I chose the three ethical principles that are most important to me, i.e. the essential ethical principle that any educator must have in order to serve a special needs student and their families. Principle number five states that, “developing relationships with families based on mutual respect and actively involving families and individuals with exceptionalities in educational decision making;” I truly believe that, effective communication between educators and families of special needs students is the key for success; not only for the educator, but also, for the student. My daughter has an IEP and, it took me and my family a few years to fully understand the system and also, understand what kind of learning disability she has. There was no support and effective communication between the school and our family, hence, the process was extremely hard for me and especially, for my daughter. When I left my job about 3 years ago and decided to return to school, my biggest motto was to receive my degree and eventually, be an asset to families and their special needs child.
The Educational Support Services Team (ESST) is an integral part of how a school runs. The ESST, provides “[…] coaching, mentoring, training and support to the classroom teacher in accommodations, instructional strategies and other related practices” (ASD-W, p.1). The ESST are a part of the various programs that are available and developed for students within their school. They are also a part of any initiatives and curriculum development that is there to support classroom teachers in better reaching students with special needs. Within this framework, the EST-R and the other members of the ESST are required to Problem Solve for those that are at risk and need targeted support
I choose to be a special education teacher for a few reasons. I have grown up with a learning difference, and I know how it feels to be struggling in school. I want to give back to the community that has given me a lot of confidence in life. I enjoy being in a classroom and learning. I love the structure of how a school day runs and how it does not change much.
In discussions with Ben Robertson and Matthew Rose on what our topic for the Instructional Leadership Action Plan (ILAP), we all believed that providing teachers with more information on the Special Education Process would well serve the needs of all teachers. Ben and I both talked to our principals about having the ILAP at our respective schools and both principals agreed that the need for it was great in both buildings. However, when discussing travel for Matthew it was decided that we would have the ILAP at Nickelsville Elementary and would later hold the same ILAP, based on our feedback from teachers at Nickelsville Elementary and our cohort, at Gate City Middle School.
Over the past ten weeks, my knowledge of special education and support have grown tremendously. The readings, resources, and videos I have watched have not only affected me, but influenced me to share them with many colleagues. This paper will highlight some of the areas where I believe my greatest growth has occurred during the course of this class.