Life of a Teacher in a World of Exceptionalities

This year is about to end, time flies so fast. I can still recall how I welcomed 2020 with full of positivity, how I promised myself that ‘this year’s gonna be my best year’ with a vibrant-classic-blue shirt on me. I imagined myself living my 2020 the way others lived their 22. I thought mine will be just how Taylor Swift described it in one of her songs. All my life I have been looking forward to my 22 years, and yes, I admit that mine is, and always will be memorable, in its own unique way.

The term “exceptional” refers to students who learn and develop differently from most others or students who have exceptional learning styles, exceptional talents, or exceptional behaviors. Exceptional students are those who fall outside of the normal range of development. (Columbia College)

Teaching children with Special Needs is so rewarding! They are sweet, loveable, and have an innocent and kind heart. I love my students with special needs because they taught me how to be a better person and to love everyone. But teaching exceptional learners are not easy as ABC.

As a teacher, you need these things you’ll learn working with students with special needs. First, you must be patient, because not all children are fast learner, you need to provide time for the child to learn. Working with CWSN (Children With Special Needs) requires a strong sense of understanding, you must know what they want and doesn’t want, you need to know what makes him got tantrum, you need to understand and know the behavior of the child. Next is to prioritize the needs of the child, what the child’s most need to improve? Is it behavior? Or Academics? Or Specific skills like Gross or fine motor?. It can be easy to get caught up in odd behaviors or outbursts when dealing with many students, but the trick is to prioritize behavioral issues into certain levels of importance and acceptance, every child has different behaviors sometimes there a student who is hitting, running, spinning, crying, throwing things, etc., so you must know what you’re going to do when they exhibit their behavior. As a Special Education teacher, you need to prepare their IEP (Individualized Education Program) a program of instruction supports, and services kids need to make progress and thrive in a school that every child.

Every child is unique,  as a special educator, you cannot assume that one student with  Autism will behave the same way as another, but instead, you have to take the time to learn their troubles, to set a course of action, and guide them to the finish line.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” Psalm 139:14 God made them know the struggles that they would face. He designed and created them exactly as He knew was good and perfect and “wonderful”.

Children with special needs want what everyone wants, to be accepted & loved, just like the rest of the world. It is the society that needs to be taught how to be kind. Teach our children to be kind to anyone who is different from them. Start teaching acceptance of all people as early as possible.

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