3 Things I learned:
- From the Ted Talk I got to hear an account of how Dan’s son was able to be included in general education and while doing so he succeeded at a high level. Throughout my high school career, I had only seen disabled students in separate learning environments never in any of my classes. This caused me to believe that all students that had any sort of disability needed special attention and were not capable of learning in a general classroom setting. The Ted talk made me view this information differently.
- I learned how important it is to talk to the student who is in need of modifications to tests or lesson plans. A lot of the time we believe we know what is best for them when in reality it is the individual who knows what adjustments will be the most helpful for them. It is important to know that they have a great understanding of what works and doesn’t work.
- I learned that it is vitally important to not look at these students disabilities but to look at them for all of the great things that they can do. Every child has a talent and it is up to teachers to help them discover it.
2 Things I connected with:
- In high school, I had a classmate who has cerebral palsy. This week I connected with the idea of how those who have a disability want nothing more than to be included in the class and in social activities. And that is just what my classmate did, he was in all of my PE classes playing sports with everyone, he was always with us for lunch and other school events. He wanted to be treated like all of us. This is a desire we all have as humans, a wanting, a craving just to fit in.
- The teacher plays a huge role in helping someone fit in. In my example, the classmate I talk about was helped in large part by a couple teachers who simply treated him like we were treated. This lets us, the students know that, hey he’s just like us nothing is different.
1 Question I have:
- Are there cases where students with disabilities need to learn in a separate environment?