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Understanding of Students and Teachers in a Special Education Classroom setting When doing my practicum hours this semester I had the chance to Observe Ms. Shadana Moses at Westview Primary. The type of class that Ms. Moses teaches is a moderate to severe disabilities class. The type of class that she teaches is also a medically fragile classroom. This means that some of the students in the classroom have medical needs that can be addressed in the school setting. Some examples of these are G-Tube feeding, severe seizures, etc. The students in the class range in grades from Kindergarten thru second grade. Within that range of students one student is a kindergartener, four are in the first grade and two are in the second grade. However due…show more content…
I spent two hours and twenty-five minutes observing Ms. Moses teaching methods. On the first day that I went to the school I got lost trying to find the classroom. The school was set up very different. When I finally got to the classroom I notice that the class had a total of seven students. One of the students was in a wheel chair. That student name is Victor. Another one of the students has a walker, but also has a wheel chair just in case. Her name is Rose. Out of those seven students, four of them are girls and only three are boys. I had seen that only one student talks throughout the whole lesson. Ms. Moses would say “What day it is?” All the students would get excited and want to answer the question. She would then call on one of the students that are nonverbal and have them point to what day it is with a pointer stick. After one of the nonverbal students has done that, she would then turn to Rose and say, “Rose what day is it?” Rose would either answer the right day or take a guess. That day she got the right answer. Rose had said, “Tuesday.” The lesson that I was able to see get taught was a reading lesson. She would read a part of the book, while having the illustrations of the book on the smartboard. After she was done reading one page of the book she would let one of the students match up what she said from the reading to what was on the board. Ms. Moses was dealing with the standard that makes…show more content…
I got to get an understanding of what it is like to be a Special Education teacher and why they never have so many students in their class. This experience also made me look into being a Special Education teacher and what steps I need to take after I graduate to become a Special Education teacher. Some of the good things that I notice within the classroom were that the entire student were happy and was treated like they didn’t have a disability. I could also see that Ms. Moses is really loving and caring towards all of her students. I see no negatives within the classroom. I hope one day I get to go back to the school to see how far have the students grown within not only there disability or disabilities, but also within their learning
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