Exceptional Learner Reflection

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The Exceptional Learner Reflection
As a teacher, I never know what kind of student will enter through my classroom door. They may be gifted in certain areas, or they could have physical, mental, emotional, or environmental challenges. Each of these situations may make the standard way of learning impossible for them. Learning about the many challenges that students may face helps to equip me with the knowledge I need to teach my students effectively. While this class taught about different exceptional challenges that students may face, I was also reminded of the importance that students are unique and should be viewed and evaluated according to their unique and individual needs.
This course helped me to understand a variety of exceptionalities
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Module 3 listed what could factor into the student’s school day which included social, emotional, and economic challenges due to their illness. These students may need more time to get from place to place, more time to rest, and may experience side-effects from medication. Students with intellectual disabilities struggle because of developmental delays which hinder them from interacting with their peers. Consequently, they may show frustration sooner because they have not learned to control their emotions. As a teacher, my job is to be aware of these influences that may hinder my student from learning, so that I can accommodate my teaching to fit the needs of my student, and instead emphasis their…show more content…
The module gave a multitude strategies that I would like to use. First I must learn everything I can about that particular mental disorder and how it can affect the student’s thinking, learning, and behaviour. Emphasizing student’s strengths can build their self-esteem and encourage them to learn successfully. These students need to be included in participating with the rest of the class as much as they are able to handle. Mental disorders do often require the student to have accommodations depending on their behavioral unpredictability, medication side-effects, and memory or concentration
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