Book Creator


by Cara cusack


I discovered throughout the 2 weeks that the knowledge I had acquired throughout various modules I could put into practice. Special Educational Needs module was valuable as it provided descriptions and ways of an educator could provide assistance to children with different needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and so on. Although these descriptions were useful when working with children with these needs, they also displayed to me how each child may present differently with the same special educational need. For example, two children with ASD may both present extremely different and differ massively in terms of their needs within the classroom. Sociology was another aspect of one of our modules which was important to have knowledge about.
As it was a DEIS school I was entering, the children within the school may have a different perspective of education and how they choose to view it. Children from a disadvantaged background may not place a high value on education as opposed to children attending a private school. Thus meaning they may need more encouragement in the classroom to reach their full potential and become good, functioning members of society.
My organisational skills had to be exercised all throughout placement in various areas. To ensure that I stayed organised and would prepare things the night before such as lunch, bus timetables, and any assignment work I needed to do. This was helpful as it meant I felt more ready for the day knowing that I had kept on top of things, I carried out tasks more efficiently and effectively. Wicker (2009) highlights how ‘organising work and doing work are two completely different
things and shouldn’t be mixed up’. Although, I was intending to stay organised through making lists and plans of what to do, it was important that I carried out with my plans.
I made small notes of what I did each day and if I encountered anything I hadn’t before so I didn’t forget it and could apply any of this new knowledge to a work place in the future. Organisational skills are flexible and can be applied to educational setting regardless of what age group you’re working with.  
To be an effective educator in any setting having the correct communication skills is key. The educator must have the appropriate skills to be able to adjust their communication skills to suit the age group they’re working with. It’s important to be aware of the language being used when teaching a topic to a class, for example, how you teach a group of adult learners about a topic will differ to how you teach a group of pre-school children. It was crucial that I spoke slowly and clearly using simple language to the children so they could understand what I was talking about as best they could. The aspect of assessment and understanding what level a child is at is very important here so that we know whether to simplify the language further or increase the intensity so to challenge and push the child.