After a while, school can seem pretty basic and boring for most students. Every class day may seem like the one before it, and tests may just seem to be the hurdles that one must clear to move on to the next grade. Parents and teachers who are not careful to keep school exciting and dynamic may see a significant decrease in any enthusiasm for school on the student’s part. Once a student writes off school as a waste of time, it is going to be hard to win him or her back to full classroom participation.
The special education student will be given an IEP at the beginning of the school year to guide his growth throughout the year. Parents and teachers who are very goal-driven may find it hard to see anything beyond the black-and-white of this paper and may cause the child to suffer from burnout by pressuring him or her to do everything on the list. While following an IEP is great and necessary for an exceptional school year, it can become dry and burdensome if it is not written correctly.
The beauty of school is that it does not have to be one size fits all for special education students. Students should be allowed to learn and to test differently. If they have particular interests, they should be allowed to focus on those to some extent because these may become major parts of their adult lives. Of course, teachers must still follow the IEP and ensure that students receive well-rounded educations. However, they should be careful of becoming so immovable that they cannot help a child learn in his or her own particular way based on current strengths and interests. Building this type of unique IEP takes time, and it requires teachers to get to know their students well. However, the result is a happy classroom, happy parents and thriving students.