What Special Needs Students Want Their Teachers to Know
“I know it doesn’t always seem like it, but I really do want to listen and learn.” Children with learning disabilities are just as intelligent as other kids, but their brains process and receive information in a different manner. How then, should we approach education? In this touching video, children with learning disabilities offer honest advice to their teachers on how to support and enhance their distinctive learning abilities. It seems that all they need from a teacher is a little extra time and a little extra patience. And recess — every kid needs to get out and play.
Check out how this special education teacher starts off class once a week. His approach? “Instead of focusing on deficits, I focus on talents,” he says. “Instead of talking about peace, love, and harmony, I display peace, love, and harmony. A child’s reality is shaped from early life experience. If they have a mean, jaded teacher they will think [of] the world as mean and jaded. But if a teacher displays love, harmony, and peace…THAT will become their norm.”