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Embrace the Challenge

Embrace the Challenge

When the term special is used in education, what is the first thought that comes to mind? May I guess? Did you think of the students with learning disabilities? How often do we as educators (unintentionally, of coarse) overlook the needs of another group of special populations - the gifted students? Do we use them as peer tutors, but then forget to have additional projects ready when they are the first to finish class assignments? They may enjoy helping others, but they need to be challenged in other ways as well. When they are not, they may act out due to boredom. Let's make a commitment this year to intentionally remember the gifted students and purposefully create regular opportunities to encourage, challenge, and nurture their unique gifts. Here are some suggested resources

Rules and Routines in the Classroom

Rules and Routines in the Classroom

Here is some helpful advice to try as you start your first week of school. Check out the idea of "routines instead of rules." This change in perspective could make a significant difference in your classroom environment.

Jack of the Red Hearts

Jack of the Red Hearts

Share this movie with Education and Training students as they explore the relationship between effective instructional practices and special-needs conditions. The story has aspects of the relationship between Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. In addition, the movie provides an excellent opportunity for students to apply evaluation and critical thinking skills because the ending is left open. Have students write the end of the story. For example, what happens to Jack? Does she go back to school to become a therapist? Does she become reunited with her sister? In addition, have students use the decision-making process to evaluate the positive and negative consequences of Jack's behavior.