Learning Disabilities and the Classroom

Learning Disabilities and the Classroom
Linda Marshall
Grand Canyon University
Learning Disabilities and Strategies
SPE 359
Tricia Troiano
May 25, 2012

Learning Disabilities and the Classroom
It is 8:15 Monday morning, the class is going crazy. The kids’ are screaming, there are paper airplanes flying all over the room. Kids are everyone and I have no control. One third of the class is students with learning disabilities and I am lost. Someone please help me gain control.
When visiting with April’s classroom I observed all the students were actively involved. We discussed what skills she felt were important in maintain, organizing and planning her classroom management. Classroom management includes how the teacher delivers the curriculum and the environment in which the students learn.   April feels it is extremely important that as a teacher with learning disability students you need to be consistent. Students need structure and consistent during their learning process. Keeping the students engaged during the learning process helps them to learn what is relevant and then there is less opportunity for behavior issues to arise.
Another key point according to April is to make sure that what you are teaching is relevant and worth their times. Try to have a point in your lesson that relates to the world today. Give them examples of how things you are teaching can apply to them in today’s world.
I asked April how she handled behavior issues. She first replied “Model respect and live by the golden rule” (A. Houghton, personal communication, May 22, 2012). If she should have a behavioral issue she said it was essential to remove the audience. If a student does not have an audience to watch them act up they will normally cease the behavior. Once the problem stops she talks with the student about the problem and how the situation could have been handled different.   They talk about the choices they could have made and what can she do to help with making sure the...