A teacher must understand how students learn and develop and must provide learning opportunities that support a student’s intellectual, social, and personal development.
All students learn differently. They are unique. It is important to challenge students. If students are not challenged, learning suffers. If students are challenged beyond their scope of understanding, they become discouraged and want to give up. The goal is to challenge students moderately.
As an educator of children with special needs, I see a spectrum of developmental, intellectual and social differences in students. What is most important is meeting them where they are at. It is important to build on their prior knowledge and connect it to new learning. It is important to recognize students’ assets instead of focusing on their weaknesses. It is important to recognize all aspects of the child, social, emotion, physical and intellectual in education. As important as reading and writing is, learning does not end there. Learning incorporates the whole child.