Tips For Becoming The Best Teacher

Teaching is a profession of passion and dedication. However, it can become stressful when a teacher has students with special needs. These children have unique mental and physical traits that make learning difficult for them. This article will provide helpful hints on how to be the best teacher for kids with special needs in an educational environment.

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Here Are 6 Helpful Tips That You Can Try

  1. Be Patient and Understanding

Like any student, special needs students need to feel that their teacher is patient and understanding. This will help them become comfortable enough in class to learn and progress in their own time.

Stress can be a big factor in learning, especially for kids with disabilities. One way to reduce stress among special needs students is by incorporating short breaks into each lesson. For example, a child might need to take a short walk or spend some time in an easy chair reading.

  1. Identify the Problem

When faced with a child who is not learning according to plan, it helps teachers identify what part of their lesson has gone wrong. For example, is the student bored with the subject matter? Are they intimidated by other students in class? Does their desk make it difficult for them to see the board?

Once you know what is impeding your student’s ability to learn, you can learn more, work around it and provide proper treatment. For example, if your student has problems seeing the board because of poor vision, you might want to consider moving their desk closer to the front of the room.

  1. Avoid Distractions

Special needs students function best in a quiet environment. If your student is distracted or upset by other kids, make sure you always provide a calm and nurturing lesson. 

When a child has a disability that impairs their ability to speak or understand words, then it might be helpful for them to have an aide assigned specifically for them. This person can assist with reading assignments, answer questions when necessary, and serve as a companion for your student when they need one.

  1. Eliminate Classroom Disruptions

Part of the reason special needs students do not learn is that they become too distracted by other kids in class. It might be helpful for you to remove some disruptive children from your classroom. Send them outside, or ask an administrator to pull them out of your lesson for a few minutes.

You can deal with disruptions by using an “ice-breaker” type game before starting class. Then your students will be more focused on learning than on disrupting others around them.

  1. Be Flexible About Schedules and Routine

Kids with special needs have a tough time being flexible about schedules and routines. Teachers need to make an effort to be flexible with them. For example, a student might need time during class to get up and stretch or need certain passages in books to read a specific way.

  1. Make Activities Fun

Kids learn better when they are having fun. Use activities like roleplaying and games to make the classroom more enjoyable for kids with disabilities. One example would be to do word scrambles with words related to your subject matter (i.e., if you were teaching about ancient Egypt, then put the following words in a scramble: the Nile, pyramids, hieroglyphics, pharaoh). After doing this activity, discuss the words and their meanings with your student(s).