The activities I was engaged in consisted of; playground time, social skills, living skills, how to wash hands, personal space, and books on tape.
I fulfilled my hours by going every Monday and Tuesday for the first half of the fall semester. I finished the fifteen hours very fast seeing as I was there six hours a day, but kept going even after the 15 hours were completed.
I have always worked with ESE students. Throughout high school I participated in numerous Special Olympics as well as assisting special education teachers every Wednesday. My mom is a middle school teacher and every time I would go to work with her, I would always sit through the ESE classes instead. I also did my senior project in high school on Autism.
The participants of this project ranged from age 3 to age 6. There was on ESOL student who spoke more Spanish then English. They were mostly students who had autism but there were also students that were EMH.
These students are considered persons with disabilities according to I.D.E.A. because they had early intervention services and also receive special education services.
I loved every minute of working with ESE students. It was a pleasure and I can’t wait to make it a full time job.
At first I was very nervous, but as time went on I became very familiar with the classroom. I was scared that I didn’t know what I was doing or that I would do something wrong.
I left this school feeling like I was very prepared for my first year of teaching. I now feel very confident in my skills.
The experience that had the most impact was actually how the students knew my name. The ones that were verbal expressed that they knew who I was and missed me when I wasn’t there. Changing these kids lives is what had the most impact on me.
I completed this project for EEX 4763- Technology for Classroom Teachers of Students with Special Needs
I have a much better understanding of how to implement technology in the classroom, how to use technology to fix behavioral issues, and also how to use technology for rewards and consequences.
I had the opportunity to use a speech synthesizer with one of my students, allowed students to use enlarged print to keep them focused on the task rather then bad behaviors, and also how to use a computer as a reward or take it away as a consequence. Due to these experiences, I now feel like I understand the benefit of using technology.
These experiences can prove to future bosses that I have an understanding of what will work the best to benefit my students.