Current Connection- LC4

Current Connection

    In the article, “Exceptional education: Stigma changing over the years, schools more inclusive” by Bobbie Hayse, there was a beautiful connection that was formed between the section “Seeing Ourselves with Our Own Eyes” from “The New Teacher Book”. In the article by Hayse, he discusses how special education and IEP plans are challenging old and traditional social norms to become more inclusive. On the other hand, in “Seeing Ourselves with Our Own Eyes” focuses on a middle childhood special education teacher who encourages and embraces her students to appreciate and love their differences that make them unique. Through both of these, they both embrace the message of loving yourself despite differences and adversity. 

The article written by Bobbie Hayse really focused on seeing special education as “exceptional education” which challenges the stigma that special education is a weird or special format of education for people who are different from the typical student. By using the phrase, “exceptional education” it allows for a substantial growth opportunity for education to flourish. Also in the article, they highlighted how IEP’s often have a misconception. Many times they are interpreted as someone who has a disability and are restricted. “All IEP means is we are designing services specific to meet individual need.” And “An IEP means a student needs an addition to their core curriculum, not instead of, or as a replacement.” (Hayse) Not to mention that an IEP isn’t just for students with learning disabilities. An IEP plan might also be for a student who has physical disabilities, hard of hearing, just learning English, and so many more. Another important misconception to address is that just because a student has an IEP doesn’t mean they struggle in school or with their grades. By using data from a certain school district, Hayes is able to state, “Of the 789 OPS students identified with an IEP, most of them have average or above average cognitive ability.” With these IEP plans, educators are able to help students more by adding to their curriculum that allows them to flourish and develop based upon their specific IEP plan and needs that is special to them. 

At the school that Hayes visited, they heavily emphasized how the IEP plan set in place was not a restriction and how inclusion was a top priority so students don’t feel the disconnect. By taking kids with an IEP out of classes it can often create this disconnect between the child and their fellow classmates. Hayes displays the impact of how beneficial it is to children with IEPs to feel included and accepted in the classroom by looking at a model school, “”Students with IEPs generally do better when they are learning among their peers,” she said. “It’s also important and beneficial for their peers. Over the years our community, our schools and our students are more accepting, and inclusive. It is helping our students be more successful over time.”

On the other hand, in “The New Teacher Book” in the chapter, “Seeing Ourselves with Our Own Eyes” focuses on a lot of the same qualities of inclusivity and loving our differences that Hayse discusses upon discussing with a model school. A lot of the importance of acceptance from peers and others was emphasized there which is great. This chapter focuses more on inner love despite adversity from social or traditional norms. In this chapter, the teacher does a great job at guiding her students to fully understand that even though something might be different about you compared to others, that is okay because that is what makes you unique. The teacher allows for the students to accept their flaws as something that makes them so beautiful and unique. She encourages them to embrace it.

Similar to both the chapter and the article, both challenge the community to embrace differences and support inclusivity and self love despite social and traditional norms that might at some point in their life made them feel unloved or unloveable. In a society like today, these teachers are teaching these kids a very valuable lesson while also being one of their biggest supporters in something that might’ve been previously seen as a flaw, vulnerable subject, or an imperfection. Along with creating a community, the teacher also helps to form a positive, understanding, and loving teacher student bond which is very important to create a positive learning environment that will flourish and will feel like a safe space. Additionally, these articles to an amazing job at combating the misconception of IEPs. Both teachers are able to use each student’s IEP plan to promote student success and growth while also making those students feel loved and welcome within their community and within themselves. It allows them and their fellow classmates to see them than more than just their differences. By teaching inclusivity and love within the classroom community, it can promote learning to flourish in each and every student. 

I absolutely loved both of these readings. As someone who wants to work with kids who have special needs, I am so glad that there are like-minded people similar to me that promote inclusivity and are advocates for students who sometimes get the short end of the stick. I’ve gone through some personal experiences with my little brother who is 4 and has autism. The work these teachers are promoting is exactly what I would hope every teacher would promote as well.

Works Cited 

Hayse, Bobbie. Exceptional Education: Stigma Changing over the Years, Schools More Inclusive, Messenger-Inquirer , 26 Jan. 2022,

Week 1- Introduction

Hi my name is Emma Shupp and welcome to my Edu 100 class blog site. Here I will post lots of fun information along my journey to getting my dream job, teacher. Get to know me a little more:

  1. What name do you prefer to be called? What are your preferred pronouns? My name is Emma and my pronouns are she/her/hers
  2. Hometown I am from North Ridgeville, Ohio
  3. Grade level and subject(s) that you want to teach. I had the opportunity to work with kindergarten and 3rd grade every day after school last year and I truly loved kindergarten. I enjoyed teaching math and science the most when I worked with 3rd graders.
  4. What are you into; what makes you special? Share a few “unique” aspects about yourself that would help our classroom community get to know you a bit. Are you on an athletic team? Sing in the choir?  Are you trying out for a play? Painting? What are you planning on doing this semester in your life that is noteworthy? Some fun things to know about me is that I have a crazy obsession with anything stationary. I can easily spend so much money on pens and pencils that it can pretty dangerous. As I have shared in our Advising for Success class, I am a crazy cat lady for my baby, Juno!!! My boyfriend and I got him over the summer and he lives in our house that is shared by us and our other roommates. 
  5. I want to know what matters most to you.  To this end, please share with the class a book, chapter, or article that is essential to your interests. (Include the reference to the reading and a few sentences about its significance to you). What matters the most to me is my family. I absolutely adore them. I have a pretty big family that is so involved with everything that I do and it always makes my heart so full because of the love, compassion, and empathy that they’ve always showed me. A book that has really impacted me is “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. It is such an impactful and inspiring story to see the point of view of an African American woman trying to find out who she is as a person throughout her experiences.