ERIC Number: EJ902196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 0
Embracing the "D"
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v16 n2 p81 2010
To most people in the author's profession of Special Education, the "D" means "disabilities." At The Lab School of Washington, the "D" means "different"--learning "differently" and teaching "differently." Sally Smith, the founder of the school, had this uncanny ability to see things in her staff that they could not. The year the author graduated from her graduate program at American University, Smith offered her a fulltime position in the elementary science department. She was disinterested in the subject, after all, she held a Bachelor's in Fine Art and a Master's in Special Education: Learning Disabilities, "not" science. The challenge posed to her was how she was going to make science exciting and engaging for herself much less her students. The 10-year work experience of developing science and history-based exhibits for museums, combined with the techniques she learned in graduate school, formed the basis for her career as an elementary school science teacher. Today, as she was embarking on her fourth year teaching science, she had the opportunity to teach art again. Now, she enjoys teaching science.
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Laboratory Schools, Learning Disabilities, Museums, Exhibits, Science Departments, Science Teachers, Work Experience, Special Education, Universities, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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