Reflection On Special Education Needs

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My twenty hours of observing the daily routine for approximately two weeks at Centennial Park School altered my initial perceptions and assumptions of how students with special education needs are educated in the schooling system. Centennial Park School was like a sanctuary to the students as differences were accepted and students felt that they could voice their opinions during daily discussion sessions. The school was similar to a short term ‘shelter’ where students were provided with intensive personalized programs and support in order to transition back to mainstream schools. Because I had never been in contact with people with special education needs before, I was slightly apprehensive on the first day and it was easily reflected in my attitudes towards the students, as I tend to shun away from the students that looked aggressive. However, on …show more content…
14). This is later reinforced that “a positive attitude towards students is the most crucial component in becoming an inclusive teacher” (p. 114). Students can easily pick up on the negative attitude of the teacher and this may affect their learning. For instance, if a student finds that the teacher does not believe that he/she can complete a task or achieve high marks, they are more likely to give up or avoid completing the task to avoid failure. As a teacher, it is important to believe in the students and aspire them to do their best in order to achieve. A teacher should celebrate any small achievements and never blame the student for failing (Pearce, Gray, & Campbell-Evans, 2009). Instead, at the end of the lesson, the teacher should evaluate how the lesson went and consider alternative teaching methods in order to address the topic covered in the

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