Having got to know the special education needs of the students I work with I discovered that they do not cope with getting their work incorrect or wrong. I have observed examples of students finding ways to cheat, waiting for you to give them the correct answer, or they give up or they act out when they are unable to complete a task and some do not show any resilience to what they see as “failure.”
This is common for students who are on the Autistic Spectrum and present in varying degrees. In my experience ASD students learn best using visual and/or kinesthetic strategies as some have auditory processing difficulties.
Focus for my teaching as inquiry?
To enable students on the ASD to develop strategies and increase resilience when they get things wrong.
How could I do this?
Within my programme develop activities that are engaging, challenging with a problem solving focus, within a safe environment to learn problem solving strategies and increase resilience. Specific problem solving exercises through literacy and numeracy tasks such as Problem Solving task cards, Escape Rooms and Who Dun It stories /jigsaw puzzles and through the use of the MakerSpace.
In life, the students are faced with frustration and challenges that they will need to overcome to have success. Maybe they will use the strategies they learn doing these activities......... watch this space.....
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