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Running Head: Special Needs
The Goals of Differentiation
Eastern Nazarene College
SN325/525 Special Needs Curriculum and Methods 1
September 21, 2016
I think in order for a class to function well the teacher must be aware of how each child learn.
You would need to have learning expectations that are attainable for the children to achieve. Once you are aware of how your children learn you can proceed to help them become successful. I do believe that when a teacher can get their students to trust them they will feel more at ease in a learning environment. Having children input in learning can also be fun and exciting. It gives the student some ownership in their learning experience.
Teach children where they are at and then build upon that. Everyone does not learn the same way so they should not have to adapt to the same cookie cutting lesson plan. The lesson plan does have to coincide with core standards that is issued by the state. When in a classroom you should take time to talk to each child individually on a daily basis. The children will feel like someone really do care about what and how they learn in the classroom and can be successful outside of the classroom as well.
A high school student had expressed how he felt about reading and what it does to him. The teacher took into consideration of how he felt and came up with various techniques to help him feel better about reading and help him connect with it. In differentiated classrooms teacher used small groups to help their students, reading partners and independent studies for their learning process. Students should have a voice in their learning and should feel freely to communicate. In a classroom it is very important for students to be able to express their feelings and how they might not understand a subject or a given project. There is time in differentiated classrooms where students are able to problem solve, journaling and other ways to enhance their
learning skills. I believe with the right materials or age appropriate materials that a child can learn anything with the help of a compassionate and nurturing teacher. It may seem like a lot of work, but it is so worth it to make a difference in a child’s life. This is a rewarding job if you really care about the minds of children and helping them navigate through life with education.