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Teaching special needs students in the regular classroom


According to a general education teacher, one of the the biggest challenges for students in all of elementary school, is learning to be a student.

Biggest challenges for students is learning to be a student.

They're learning things about themselves... with questions like, am I an auditory learner? They're learning to do "I have a DD or ADHD" and so I need to do this you know I needed to do some pressure points so that I know that now's an important time to listen.

Elementary school is all about learning to be a student or thinking about "what do I do I'm bored I heard the teacher say this before, what can I do to keep my C and keep listening."

It's not just the students, Teachers also learns.

Being flexible, is one of the thing a general education teacher learned from their experience in the classroom.

Knowing that really with children, you could make a child do something or make a child learn, and you really can't, so I try to set up the environment so that they want to learn they want to participate. And you know, when I have a child with behavior issues, I feel sometimes parents are looking at me like, why can't you make them stop you know you're the teacher, but a lot of times I have to kind of go with the flow.

So I do a lot where I'm rewarding them for their behavior and a lot of times can be letting some of those disruptive behaviors go. And it looks like I'm ignoring it or introduced to it but really if I call attention to it.

Then I'm just going to most likely encourage it, because they look for ways to get my attention and I'd rather have it in a positive way.

The use of reward system in the classroom.

I like the children to be intrinsically rewarded and feel good about what they're doing, I would love it if they just came in here and did what they had to do just barely sitting because it felt that they needed to learn, but most kids come from homes where they've had some sort of reward system so I do use stickers I use names on the board as a reward.

Most out of them by the end of the year, they'll turn down the sticker, because it just doesn't matter as much to them anymore.

Tricks and tips for other educators

  • to be open to a lot of different ways to, each and every child is so different.
  • don't give up. If one way doesn't work. Try others. Keep up your education, it could be into new things
  • if there's a child that I'm working with a variety of problems, kind of pick one thing to work and focus on, and set that as the goal.
  • Do not overwhelm yourself, if a child with an IEP that has just a whole bunch of different kinds of things, narrow it down and pick out one focus at a time 

Behavioral problems in the classroom

"One of the best things is that I'm disciplined, I'm very organized. So I set up a classroom that set up for success for them, I try not a lot to allow for discipline issues."

"When they happen, I reflect on, what did I do? What can I do to change that so that that opportunity for that child to misbehave or have a problem isn't there the next time."

  • Never embarrass a child over a discipline issue.
  • Don't let kids get the better of you because they quickly find that power, and they'll use that.
  • Be very organized, cluster management is a wide variety of tricks and modifications,
  • Be a good behavior model