Educating Exceptional Children - Philosophy of Special Education
Philosophy of Special Education
The role of a teacher encompasses responsibilities that
interconnect a wide range of disciplines. Teaching begins
with education. Techniques and strategies develop and
evolve through the use of sociology and psychology,
differing with each unique child. As a future teacher, your
goal is to make a difference in the life of every child that you
are privileged to have the opportunity to educate. All children
are rightfully afforded the same opportunity for education,
regardless of any disability they may have. Educating a child
means being aware of their abilities and reflecting upon their
educational development and the best possible way of
achieving that. Parental involvement is vitally important as
well as the collaboration of all educational, emotional and
behavioral areas of the student. As a teacher you must be
an activist and a facilitator for the child's best interest and
educational opportunity. Be educated and informed to utilize
all tools available to create the best possible learning
environment for each child and be motivated and passionate
so that you teaching is meaningful, flexible and in tune to all
your students educational needs.
- The term learning applies not only to education, but is equally important in terms of social, emotional and behavioral areas as well. By accepting the challenge of educating exceptional students, you will not only help them to develop their minds in terms of education, you will help them develop tools for overcoming difficulties in all areas of disability.
- Evaluations of student abilities and disabilities will be based on a non-discriminate basis and you must be conscientious of each student's unique individual circumstance.
- Address a child's learning disability with knowledge and strategy. Accommodate different disabilities by implementing IEP's specifically and individually designed to meet each student's education goals and actively pursue the means necessary to obtain the appropriate education for each child in the area of specialized assistance.
- Teach inclusively to the extent that is feasible. Encourage social interaction between all students and develop teaching methods that incorporate inclusion methods. Be aware of a students need for specialized individual education and work to provide the greatest balance between them.
- Protect confidentiality rights of special education students. Be respectful of their emotional needs and of their privacy. Encourage all parental involvement and actively seek their permission when a disability requires individualized education.
- Convey your observations, evaluations and insight to parents, students and other special education professionals in an effort to facilitate a beneficial learning environment for all students that you teach. Success is greater achieved with collaboration than individually.
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