NOTE: You may not know that my wife is a special ed teacher, and you may not know that special ed teachers in many school districts get even less support than general ed teachers, but both are true. The following is from her annual “Beg-A-Thon” appeal, and any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated by both of us, as well as her students.
It’s time for me to beg again!
As many of you know, mine is a classroom of 12 boys ranging from 4th to 6th grades. Our students are classified as having severe emotional disabilities and are in a self-contained classroom with no possibility of mainstreaming due to their behavior issues. Because our students spend the entirety of their day in our classroom (they do not attend Gym, eat in the lunch room or go out to recess with the rest of the student body), we must work hard to create a positive, enjoyable atmosphere within our classroom.Additional funding would help me purchase various materials with which I can create what is called a Positive Behavior Incentive System (PBIS) to keep my students engaged, happy and working hard towards their behavioral and academic goals. PBIS incentives include small daily rewards (pencils, small toys, cookies, etc) and large once-a-month rewards such as lunch at a favorite local restaurant. In addition to my PBIS goals, I’m also hoping to raise funds that will be used for the purchase of the materials I need to create rich, project-based instruction. Many of my students also suffer from disabilities such as ADHD and project-based instruction helps keep them actively engaged and learning. Project-based instruction is effective and lots of fun but it is VERY expensive. Our Board of Education funds our classrooms by number of students rather than level of need. I only have 12 students but they have a very high level of need. Please help!