Why Education Is Important For Children With Special Needs

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I believe education is one of the most important tools a person can have in life. Every child deserves to receive the best education possible, regardless of special needs. Being placed in the least restrictive environment, gaining necessary life skills and learning how to relate and communicate with people from different walks of life is imperative to the academic growth and success of any student. I have taught children with special needs in the Grand Rapids Public School district for nineteen years. It has always been my passion to help each child discover their individual gifts and talents and to reach their full potential.
All children carry special gifts inside of them. I believe that anyone working with a special needs child has the
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Every child is part of a community and should be given the opportunity to participate in the same projects and events as every other community member, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they may have.
I believe with all my heart that every child can learn. Every child has the ability inside them to grow and advance. Some may learn more than others and in different ways, but all can learn and should be treated with the respect and with an open heart. While this differs a lot from Quintillian’s beliefs, I thought of my students when I read that he believed in recognizing a student’s differences.
As a self-contained special education teacher, I have small groups of students than a typical general education classroom. This allows me to do what I love- develop a relationship with my students based on respect, fun, and a want to succeed. My classroom is very interactive, and always in small groups or one-on-one. I believe in individualized teaching to each of my student’s strengths. We constantly use manipulatives and real-life experiences (like Montessori). I plan my lessons to be short and mobile, with stations so students move around the room. I tell my students that we all have bad days, but no matter what they do and what kind of day they have, I will be their cheerleader, on and off the “field” until they graduate to fourth grade. And I follow through with that and show them. I believe in rewarding
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