Listening and Learning

This week we are supposed to write a blog on diverse populations in the classroom. I have already written a blog on students with special needs titled “My Favorite Perk of One Placement.” In that blog I mentioned I find myself to be very connected to students with special needs because of the experience I have had in the past and because of my connection I want to do anything I can to help them.

My approach to working with students with special needs is getting to know them and what motivates them. I do not like that the reports on these students are not personal. They give general solutions that can be useful but they lack specific information about the individual student. In my other blog, I mentioned that I got to know what one ESE students liked. He loves pugs and minecraft and I used his interests to motivate him. I encouraged him to create art related to the things he loves.

I also think it is just as important to know what they do not like or struggle with. The other day we opened up the clay station to our students. One student has autism and explained that she did not want to use clay because of the texture. I think it would be good to include some of these things in reports about the students. We should be aware of what hurdles our students need to conquer.

I think that understanding our students as individuals is extremely important and while we try to learn about our students, it is important to have patience. Some students are more willing to share their thoughts and feeling than others. We need to try our best to always have a listening ear.

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  1. Your example about the student who has an aversion to clay due to its texture is a great example of how the art room is a unique place that can help inform a parent, paraprofessional, or someone filling out that students paperwork in the office of a preference that student has for learning a teacher may not have discovered outside of the art classroom. Through careful observation and one-on-one communication with that student, you are now able to help every teacher in the school understand and cater to the needs of that individual student more.

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