Really good thoughts on how to approach SENs in your class.
Putting labels aside is the first and biggest step, I think, although it can be difficult at times, particularly when your students and their parents are already somewhat prejudiced themselves. It’s an odd circumstance, when they feel they will be treated differently, mostly because – in my experience – they are used to that behaviour from previous schools or teachers. You as a teacher might not consider a student with SENs as someone who needs to be approached in a particular way, but what if their parents expect you to?
Marie Delaney is a teacher, trainer, educational psychotherapist and author of ‘Teaching the Unteachable’ (Worth). She has worked extensively with pupils with Special Educational Needs and trains teachers in this area.
Do you have learners with special educational needs (SENs) in your class? Have you had any training for teaching these learners? Probably not.
In many countries across the world governments are promoting a policy of inclusion for learners with SENs. However, there is often a gap in training and resources for teachers to implement this. This has led many teachers to feel anxious and insecure about their teaching skills. There are some common fears and misconceptions which make a lot of teachers anxious.
5 myths that make teachers anxious
You have to be a specially trained teacher to teach learners with SENs
Not true. Good teaching strategies will benefit all learners. Good classroom management and a positive attitude are things…
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