Having children in a regular classroom or even a special education classroom can be challenging. Each exceptional student has goals through an IEP that help the instructors know how to help their students. The IEP is there to lay out milestones in steps that the student can achieve.
Every teacher is responsible for the success of each and every one of their students. They have a special task sometimes to reach beyond the norm and help the students who are struggling. Teachers need to take the impossible situations and turn them into possible ones.
Execution of an IEP is like any lesson plan in away. It will take time and creativity. Teachers will need to have several different ways to reach concepts. In a regular classroom the teacher is responsible for reaching all of their students. Students with learning disabilities learn in different ways; which is why it is important that a teacher reaches out with different methods. Luckily, in some instances, the IEP will spell out ways to improve the students learning. Teachers need to document the student’s progress and to be able to report on the student’s progress and improvements. It can be tricky if dealing with more than one IEP at a time, but a good management plan can help with that.
Management plans are designed to help maintain order and control in the classroom at all times. Every teacher needs to have one. At times when dealing with students that have exceptionalities the randomness of their actions can often hard to predicts. Students with ADHD suffer from lack of focus and often need to be reined in. I have a niece who suffers from ADHD and is currently on medication to help her focus. I believe that it works for the most part, but the medication subdues her to a point she doesn’t interact with people. I am sure that there is a balance in there somewhere. Students with ADHD that are on medication while in the classroom should be looked after. It will be the teacher’s responsibility to try and activate that student and make learning fun. Students who have learning disabilities aren’t typically on medication, but their learning can be hard for them to achieve. Management plans for both types of students should really help. Taking what a student’s IEP into consideration when planning daily activities for the class may end up helping another student who has fallen through the cracks in the system. It is important to have strategies and techniques in place.
On the same token having an effective discipline will help in the classroom. Every student should know what to expect from their teacher at all times. Discipline should not be a mystery for the students to figure out. It should remain consistent at all times. Regular students as well as those with exceptionalities need that consistency and stability in their learning. An effective teacher doesn’t discipline they manage. If a teacher has a strong management plan in place there really should be no need for a discipline plan. Both plans should be combined rather than their own separate entity.
Overall, teachers need to be aware of students who have IEP’s in their classroom. It is important for them to make sure that they have a variety of learning strategies and activities so that they can make sure to include all of their students. Having a child with exceptionalities in a classroom can presents some extra challenges, but an effective management plan in place should help take some of the load off and create a level of consistency in the classroom.