The sky elementary school teacher draft 3.docx

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The sky elementary school teacher, Mr. Fry is anxious that one of his fifth grade students, Manuel is not doing well in reading. Being a Spanish speaker, Manual is at 2 nd grade level in reading and Mr. Fry was looking for the ways to help his student. He has identified that Manuel is behind in reading due to: lack of comprehension, short attention span and lack of motivation. Hence, Mr. Fry wanted to refer Manuel to the Special Education needs where kids of known disabilities are given extra help. Special education class can traumatize Manuel the way it did to me when I was recommended ESL classes even though I am a English only speaker by birth. But, based on my skin color, my elementary teacher recommended and my parents supported it. But, it was painful to me to attend the class due to stigma the class gave me. On the other hand if Mr. Fry doesn’t recommend him for the class, then, Manuel has no chance of improving his reading skills and potentially will not be promoted to middle school. Mr. Fry thought individual reading instruction will help Manuel with emphasis on building vocabulary, but the program didn’t work out so well because Manuel has a series of absences that even outnumber his days of presence in school. Further, Mr. Fry also has 32 more kids in the class; it is not practical to provide one on one coaching to Manuel. Manuel was also aggressive to other students in the class. As a result, Mr. Fry wanted to designate Manuel to the special education needs where Manuel will be taking classes along with other special needs students. The resource specialist Mr. Singleton who helps the kids with learning disabilities has tested Manuel and found Manuel is mentally sound with no auditory, visual or memory problems and hence, has no learning disability. Mr. Singleton has concluded that Manuel’s problem is stemmed the lack of English language skills rather than a disability. He also found from the student’s previous records that Manuel did just fine in Math which proves his argument further.
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He has concluded that Manuel has a serious limitations in vocabulary and comprehension because he spoke only Spanish at home and would not have attended ESL (English as a Second Language) classes may be due to a son of an illegal immigrants. Manuel needs one on one help as tutoring or reading teachers are not available in the school but he can get the help if only he is a special education needs student.
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