Individuals vs. Small Groups of Pupils, Within vs. Outside the Class

Methods used to educate students in special education programs vary depending on the needs and expectations for the student. Many special education teachers work inside and outside of the classroom to give the student the best chance of learning and succeeding. A teacher with a special education degree must be prepared to work with students in a variety of environments. For some students with disabilities, intense, individualized teaching is the format in which much, if not all, of their education takes place. This can take place as part of a general classroom experience, a special education classroom experience, and/or a resource center experience. For other students and at other times, small group work is a more productive learning environment. Working in small groups allows for more focus for students than a large classroom experience. Still other special education teachers teach bigger groups of students in a classroom.

Like general education students, special education students not only learn in a classroom or resource room, but outside of class as well. Group activities can help with behavioral challenges and learning social skills. Teaching life skills is an important aspect of the education of many special education students. Such skills can be taught in experiences outside the classroom like going on field trips, participating in community activities, and taking part in sports.

Last Updated: 05/07/2014

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