What makes a school successful??
Do you think the training they receive during their education period is sufficient to meet the need of individual students?
Lately, I have been struggling to find a proper answer to these questions but in vain, until recently, when I stumbled upon an interesting and thought provoking article.
Here is the link to the article :
Meeting the needs of all the students is a challenging task and for this the training educators during their education period is not sufficient. Even after entering into profession they need proper guidance and help in order to perform in a way that not only teach students but educate them.
When teaching students with special needs the task becomes even more challenging. Teacher when teaching special need students need guidance from teacher educators (special education teachers, counselor, resource teacher) to help students to come up to their potential. Inclusive classroom are a wonderful concept but even it takes a lot of training, patience and compassion on the part of teachers to make it work.
Teachers need to be prepared to face the challenges associated with teaching students with special needs in an inclusive classroom setting. They need to coordinate efforts and understand the needs of the classroom in terms of developing skills and lesson plans. What even more challenging is that special needs inclusion classrooms must be able to involve its students in all classroom activities. This can only be achieved if a teacher is fully equipped with the knowledge to handle the planning of the activities in a way to accommodate everyone.
Here I would quote something from the article
“Niemi said teacher educators were responsible for teachers having the skills to do this and to help forthcoming teachers understand their multifaceted roles. It was not only teaching maths or language, it was much more – taking care of the whole child, and cooperating with their parents, being ethically committed in their work, implementing the values which are in the national core curriculum.”
It is the in-service training, that teachers receive, which is the most valuable asset to make a difference in the lives of students. A teacher cannot learn all the skills and knowledge, needed just not to teach but to educate, without getting first hand experience. So it is a joint effort of all the teachers who need to coordinate in order to make school a success!