Supporting Learning Disabled And Lgbtqia Students

2384 Words Feb 17th, 2015 10 Pages
Isabelle Fryatt
EIS 265
Dr. Castleman
Supporting Learning Disabled and LGBTQIA Students
As a future teacher candidate, it is important to become as familiarized as possible with the various differences and experiences students may have within a single school or classroom. Having knowledge of other cultures, exceptionalities, and ethnic experiences will make understanding students’ views and perspectives easier and more comprehensive while also creating a safer and community-like atmosphere within the classroom. Students with learning disabilities (LD) are the largest groups of students with exceptionalities in the classroom today (“Fast Facts,’ 2013). LD students have held this ranking since the 1980’s. The numbers for the next leading group of exceptional students in the classroom (speech/language impaired students) are almost half that of LD students (“Fast Facts,’ 2013). Students with learning disabilities may not seem that different from their neurotypical peers. They may have trouble learning in some academic areas, even when provided highly effective instruction, but do fine in others (Fuchs, Fuchs, Mathes, Lipsey, and Roberts, 2002). The unevenness in their academic development is a main characteristic for LD students (Torgesen, 2002). Other typical characteristics that might be found include low achievement rates, easily distracted, lack of social skills, lack of motivation, and difficulty with information-processing (Rosenberg, 2011, p. 142). Of students…
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