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Sunday, March 27, 2011

10 Things I've Learned about Teaching

Jennifer at Rowdy in First Grade is hosting a Ten Things I've Learned From Teaching Linky Party.

10 Things I've Learned about Teaching Special Ed:

1. Children with disabilities are just children and they need to treated the same as everyone else. The "oh, look at the poor thing", doesn't apply in my room.  If it would be expected from a regular kid, I expect it from mine.

2. A child who can't walk, talk, see, or hear has the ability to learn too.  You just have to figure out how.

3. Getting along with your educational assistants makes life a lot easier and whole lot of fun.

4. Anything can be adapted, you just need a little imagination and (usually) a lot of Velcro.

5. Being able to get your finger up your nose CAN be considered an increase in fine motor skills.

6. A child does not need to be able to talk in order to read.

7. A child does not need to be able to print in order to write.

8. A child does not need to be able to walk in order to play.

9. Don't judge a child by their looks.  They can be deceiving.  You can't judge a child's potential by the package he came in.

10. Celebrate success, even the small ones, as they lead to bigger ones.

Thanks for letting me join.

1 Notes:

Fran Kramer said...

Amanda,
I agree with all of these so strongly. These students have their challenges but they have made me a better teacher who has had to reach out and ask for help and learn from others. Thank you for loving them so much. I hope a day comes when my numbers are reduced and I can have more of these little ones spend a full day
with me.
Fran@kindergartencrayons.blogspot.com