Journal3 & 4
Studentswith special needs require much attention as compared to normalchildren. They require someone to guide them or assist them in mostof their activities including routine activities. They may not beable to respond to questions or accomplish class tasks as expected ofthem. As such, they often find themselves in conflict with teachersand even with other students. Teachers are able to understand thesestudents due to their knowledge and experience with them. As such,they are patient and are never angry when these students fail to meetexpectations. However, other students may enter into conflict withsuch students causing them to have strenuous relationship. Thereadings are very clear on the challenges facing students withspecial needs as well as the challenges that teachers may experiencewhen handling students with special needs. This has been very usefulin understanding how to relate and assist children with special needsto achieve their potentials both academically and in life.
Journal5 & 6
Studentsacquiring English as a second language face numerous challenges justlike other students learning a foreign language. In an environmentwhere other students are conversant with English language, studentslearning English usually feel challenged when expressing themselves.They are usually shy when expressing themselves in English for fearof being ridiculed by their friends. Learning the rules of Englishlanguage appears a challenge to most students and they tend to mix uprules. In class, teachers assist them to understand the basicconcepts in English language. The teachers are patient with theselearners. Outside classroom, students engage in speaking English withtheir peers and are corrected whenever they make mistakes. The mostimportant thing for students is to feel free when interacting withothers, be ready to be corrected and ask for assistance from otherstudents and teachers. Learning English is a subject that has beenfocused in my course. English as a second language poses variouschallenges, but with patience, practice and willingness to learn,students can learn and master skills in English language.
Reflectionon Service Learning
Servicelearning has been a great experience for me. I was surprised on theway teachers were able to match my learning needs with the communityexperiences. During my course, I undertook various community basedtrainings that were in line with my academic learning. It was noteasy at first, but I later came to adapt and understand how theprogram worked. My expectation of a classic learning experience wasthat the teacher was the source of knowledge. The teacher providesstudents with information and students are expected to assimilateknowledge. However, in service learning, students and teachers worktogether towards achieving a common goal learning and offeringservices to the community. This experience is different from normallearning. Cooperation among students, teachers and the community atlarge is highly appreciated. Service learning exposes a student tothe situation in the community, which helps in understanding ofconcepts learnt in classroom. The issues of privilege that we werediscussed in class were exposed in my learning experience. Firststudents who study English as a second language are usually givenattention in grammar and writing skills. This enables them toincrease their understanding of the English language. In addition,students with special needs are given special privilege with teachersexercising patience and understanding.