Apparently, we are required to share our ideas about what we are planning for our unit plan. In all honesty, I don’t mind doing this although I must warn you, it could all change (or go downhill rapidly). As I am studying with a special education view in mind, I have found it to be a difficult task to decide whether to plan for special education students specifically (for example, in a special school) or take a generic perspective and select a mainstream classroom that may include a couple of students with special needs. I was initially a bit confused as to the requirements as on one hand, I thought we needed to make a connection with the type of context we would be in on prac placement, but it seems that we can actually make up a situation.
I have decided that it would be in my best interests to plan specifically for students with special needs as I view this as another rich opportunity to plan within my context. This is what I have so far ….
School: An Accredited, Independent Autism-Specific School catering for students from Prep to 18 years of age who have a diagnosis of Autism. Students attend this school alongside their regular setting and participate in either 1, 2 or 3 day programs per week.
Students: This class consists of 6 boys – three could be described as high functioning whilst the other three require more support, following instructions, social skills and organisation. The students are very interested in hands-on science-related topics and also have experience with Word, PowerPoint, Google and YouTube.
Staff: During the implementation of this unit of work, students will interact with myself (as the class teacher), teacher aide, other teachers and teacher aides across the school as well as a “floating” teacher aide who works in the classroom for one session per week.
Learning Objectives: Constructing Knowledge
Year 4 Science Understanding/Biological Sciences
- Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)
Year 4 Science Inquiry Skills/Communicating
- Represent and communicate ideas and findings in a variety of ways such as diagrams, physical representations and simple reports (ACSIS071)
All the best everyone, happy planning and Happy Easter!