Patsy Clairmont once stated “Normal is just a setting on the dryer”. I am absolutely in love with this quote that my mom shared with me. Whenever I compared myself to anyone, she would always be there to remind me that there is no such thing as “normal”. Everyone is different whether it is the language they speak, the God they follow, the way they move about life, and even the way they learn. Even though everyone’s unique, the one thing that shouldn’t change is the respect they are given. This issue involving children with exceptionalities is brought up many times throughout the field of education. My experiences and morals have shaped the way I see exceptional children, and are going to stick with me as a future educator.
I have always adored children. I am the youngest one in my entire family, so I have been deprived of children my entire life. I have also always had a drive to aid my peers or other students when it came to academics. If my friends were having problems understanding the content, I would be the first one to volunteer to further explain it. When I was a child, I was obsessed with “playing school”. It was my favorite pastime. I would pull out my humongous white board, and write out math problems on the board and solve them. I used to print out homework assignments, grade them, and put them in my gradebook. My mom was also a teacher, and is currently the special education director of my hometown. She is probably one of my biggest influences, and has always
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As an adult, a parent, and an educator it is my social responsibility to make sure that the children I am entrusted with are aware that not everyone lives the same kind of lifestyle. We are all different in some way or another and that doesn’t make me any better or worse than anyone else. This can be a challenging concept for children that have grown up with only people of the same race, which hold the same beliefs and are very similar in the majority of their ways.
One in five American students has a learning disability this is according to the documentary “Misunderstood Minds’’ produced by WGBH. Children with learning disabilities are more likely to become outcasts in school and in society. The documentary follows five families dealing with a differently abled child; Nathan V, Lauren, Sarah Lee, Adam, and Nathan S. The film focuses on difficulties the families go through, professionalism or lack of it by school officials and demystification.
Both children with and without exceptionalities learn with and from each other. Also, since both children with and without exceptionalities are expected to learn to write, read, and do math; higher expectations can be set and with good instruction children with exceptionalities can excel in these academic skills.
They are my main motivation, the reason why I want to be successful in life. With them I learned that everybody is different and should be given equal opportunity to excel in life. With my son I learned that being a special education child means nothing but extra support and dedication and that children should be treated as individuals in their different stages of learning, so they can discover their capabilities and express their own opinion and ideas in which ever ways appeal to them easily. My daughter is just independent, very outgoing and needs very little to no support in school. That is also fine.
Teaching students with exceptional abilities requires funding, training and planning. Being in a regular classroom with children from various cultures, ethnic backgrounds and intellectual ability help students learn how to work together toward a common goal: reduce discrimination and stereotyping people with physical and mental limitations. Instructional strategies that break the work down so everyone learns better can improve education as well as reduce cost. This is achieved by including special education students in environments that will allow them to develop normal social interactions as well as receive specific attention to their learning needs. ("What is Special Education”)
The classroom is a place of hope, where students and teachers alike can catch a glimpse of a society that could be and where students can obtain knowledge and skills that are needed to make that society real. (Au , Bigelow, & Karp, 2007)Within any classroom there are many degrees of the types of cultures and social injustices that could be present. Due to this, educators need to remain cultural sound and open to the different ways of teaching for these students to ensure that every student is receiving the best possible education. Every public school has a special education program, however there are many times that this group of student suffer the most when it comes to social injustice.
A second piece of normalization that is particular to education is inclusion. This is the practice in which students with exceptionalities are included in a general education classroom with their peers (Hallahan, Kauffman, & Pullen, 2015). This practice is also controversial, as there are a myriad of opinions regarding which students
The question that I pose for the reader is what would you do if you were being unrepresented and you were stuck in a special education course or you were segregated into a separate class that was not exposing you to core academic curriculum and academic skills? What about if your own son or daughter was in this situation? Does putting yourself in another person’s position change your outlook on this
-if a child needs special education or does poorly in school, the parents often feel ashamed and perceive the child’s difficulties as a sign off their own personal failure.
The targeted group of diverse learners for this Collaborative Professional Learning Project were the Exceptional Children (EC) of NCMS. The EC students are identified by a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The EC students at NCMS have varied and extensive needs. Some common characteristics of EC students include “holding negative attributions, being nonstrategic, unable to generalize or transfer learning, processing information inefficiently or incorrectly and poor social skills” (Smith, 2007). Likewise, some of the barriers to learning for EC students include, poor reading foundational skills, inability to follow multi-step directions, needs more time to complete tasks and master objectives, requires classroom modifications and accommodations
This afternoon I went to observe in Mrs. Barger’s kindergarten class. There are four students in her class that keep her on her toes at all times. One of them told her to pick on someone her own size the other day. Two of these students are diagnosed with ADHD, one is in the process of getting test, and the other Mrs. Barger believes in on the Autism Spectrum. Mrs. Barger told me this is the first time in her 26 years of teaching that four out of the fifteen students have the pervious needs. A few of the students read to me what they just finished writing. They were so proud of their accomplishments. Some of the spelling was correct others not so much, but Mrs. Barger asked what is supposed to be at the end of a sentence and student told her
I am finally at the point in my life where I can see this blessing. At the age of one, I began to notice subtle changes in my son. Concerned, I sought out medical advice. At this time my son had medical issues that outweighed the social/emotional and behavioral issues of my concern. At the age of three my son required surgery to address his medical issues. I continued to voice my concerns with medical professional and continually felt as if my voice was unheard. It wasn’t until my son started second grade that I found a doctor who actually listen and the evaluations began. My son has since been given multiple diagnoses. Since the second grade, he has been treated with numerous medications to control his behavior but that is about as far as
You should not assume, just because your child is making slower progress than you expected or the educators are providing different support, help or activities in class, that your child has special educational
Growing up in a private school I was not exposed to what the special education system is and what the purpose of this system was. I did have family members who were apart of this special education system but I never looked at them any differently than anybody else. When I graduated, and began my high school education at a public-school I was exposed firsthand of this special education system. In high school I was happy to engage and interact with children in the special education system. Arts and crafts, and board games were activating that many students including myself played with children in the special education system. I have learned that even though these children are put into a different education system than many others they are still human. They are a wide variety of
Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World: Raising Blaze by Debra Ginsberg, her title is nothing but true for her son, Blaze. Blaze is unique and gifted but very few of his teachers recognize his special talents. When Blaze started kindergarten his first day, barely giving him a chance, they said he needs to be put in a special education classroom. Honestly, I didn’t think it was fair and the kindergarten teacher was only looking at the bad things about Blaze. “I see nothing wrong with him and they see nothing right,” (p.43).