<< Chapter < Page
  Course 5: educating for civil     Page 31 / 39
Chapter >> Page >

This module examines some of the myths concerning special needs and offers suggestions for creating inclusive classrooms.

To frame this study, read the TWB Journal (below), A Little less Ignorant . In this account two, disabled-adult communities halfway around the world connect with eachother in a powerful way.

Required Reading:

A Little Less Ignorant

Suggested Reading:

Special Education Services in Taiwan

Special education myths

MYTH #1 - "Not all children can learn. The ones that cannot learn in the traditional classroom are simply not capable, and they need tobe pulled out of the classroom and occupied."

Response to Myth #1: Traditional classrooms may not reach all children, but that does not mean they are stupid orunqualified. Special education students need more and better instruction, rather than separation and stigma. Skills to reach allchildren (the use of multiple intelligence, for example) have proven remarkably well inreaching students who would otherwise not learn.

MYTH #2 - "Special education instruction should be assigned to special education teachers. They know how to get through to children whoare not learning."

Response to Myth #2: First, such a statement is often an excuse for not varying instruction. Second, not many schoolsaround the world have special education teachers. Third, the roles of teachers are changing, and they are facing children with special needs moreand more. To ignore these children is a tragedy.

MYTH #3 - "Children who exhibit behavior problems in school are incapable of making good choices. Once they learn how to make goodchoices, things will be better. Their parents may be at fault, or they just may be too 'slow' to understand the difference between right and wrong."

Response to Myth #3: Some children have not been taught coping skills effectively. Once the teacher expresses an interestin the child and forms a partnership with parents, such coping skills can, indeed, be taught. Children often live up to the expectations of parents andteachers. If s/he is told that s/he is "bad" or "stupid," s/he will act that way. The breaking down of pride, at an early age, is instrumental indestroying a child's belief in her/himself. It is the teacher's job to work with parents to ensure that children are validated for what they can do, forhow they are improving, for how they have shown progress. Just as public humiliation is one of the worst experiences in a child's life; publicacknowledgment is one of the best. Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives and hopes of children.

How teachers can help

There are 3 ways:

  • Creating a classroom that allows all children to learn without restrictions: Remove barriers for children who cannot see or hear well - move them up closer to the front; move the furniture insuch a way so that you can see all of the students. Try to enlist parents or volunteers to be in your classroom to assist children who arestruggling or to remove obstacles to their learning.
  • Responding to children with respect and care: Practice how you are being perceived. Are you standing over children in amenacing way? Are your answers to questions varied? Patient? Are you taking extra time to ensure that you are understood? How are allchildren demonstrating to you that they know the material? By tests alone? Spend extra time with students you have identified as needingextra care. Develop a relationship. Work with them individually. Provide the kind of environment in your class where young people cantell you how they are doing, how they are feeling, and how they are approaching the tasks at hand. Do not battle with children over smallthings, for this erodes a child's self esteem. In many ways, accept approximations of the "correct" answer until you are confident you canexpect more. But if a child is not delivering, no amount of chastizing will help. You may learn that the child was trying as hard as s/he could.
  • Modeling different kinds of learning: Review the material on brain-based learning, problem-based learning, andmultiple intelligences. Ensure that your lessons include these features. Develop questioning techniques that can approach learningfrom different angles. It is very important that you model the lesson in different ways. One of the best ways for young people to succeed is to doit themselves, but in a guided way. Such guided discovery - lasts, whereas, being forced to mimic an answer - never does.

Questions & Answers

find the 15th term of the geometric sequince whose first is 18 and last term of 387
Jerwin Reply
I know this work
The given of f(x=x-2. then what is the value of this f(3) 5f(x+1)
virgelyn Reply
hmm well what is the answer
how do they get the third part x = (32)5/4
kinnecy Reply
can someone help me with some logarithmic and exponential equations.
Jeffrey Reply
sure. what is your question?
okay, so you have 6 raised to the power of 2. what is that part of your answer
I don't understand what the A with approx sign and the boxed x mean
it think it's written 20/(X-6)^2 so it's 20 divided by X-6 squared
I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
I got X =-6
ok. so take the square root of both sides, now you have plus or minus the square root of 20= x-6
oops. ignore that.
so you not have an equal sign anywhere in the original equation?
is it a question of log
I rally confuse this number And equations too I need exactly help
But this is not salma it's Faiza live in lousvile Ky I garbage this so I am going collage with JCTC that the of the collage thank you my friends
Commplementary angles
Idrissa Reply
im all ears I need to learn
right! what he said ⤴⤴⤴
what is a good calculator for all algebra; would a Casio fx 260 work with all algebra equations? please name the cheapest, thanks.
Kevin Reply
a perfect square v²+2v+_
Dearan Reply
kkk nice
Abdirahman Reply
algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
The answer is neither. The function, 2 = 0 cannot exist. Hence, the function is undefined.
Embra Reply
if |A| not equal to 0 and order of A is n prove that adj (adj A = |A|
Nancy Reply
rolling four fair dice and getting an even number an all four dice
ramon Reply
Kristine 2*2*2=8
Bridget Reply
Differences Between Laspeyres and Paasche Indices
Emedobi Reply
No. 7x -4y is simplified from 4x + (3y + 3x) -7y
Mary Reply
how do you translate this in Algebraic Expressions
linda Reply
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
bamidele Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
Privacy Information Security Software Version 1.1a
Got questions? Join the online conversation and get instant answers!
QuizOver.com Reply

Get the best Algebra and trigonometry course in your pocket!

Source:  OpenStax, Course 5: educating for civil societies. OpenStax CNX. Mar 08, 2006 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10335/1.10
Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.

Notification Switch

Would you like to follow the 'Course 5: educating for civil societies' conversation and receive update notifications?