Reflect on your experiences with your students. Think of a situation in which online education may have been a preferable option for one of your special needs students or a student with an extenuating circumstance. If you do not have an example of a situation you have had as an educator, you may want to extend your thinking to your own experiences as a student, your own child’s experience, or choose a specific disability or special needs population you learned about earlier in this course.
At this time, I have not had a student with special needs in my online class. I have had students in my face-to-face classroom that have opted to go to a virtual classroom for other subjects. Students that often have anxiety from a traditional classroom setting, or difficulty coping with social situations, often do well in a virtual environment. The students that I have had experience with find comfort in their home surroundings and are able to alleviate the stress that keeps them from being successful in environments with triggers. With a virtual class often having many assignments and due dates, students suffering for anxiety must learn to manage the assignments and not trade on stressor for another.
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