SDN Campaka 3, Kabupaten Tangerang, is one of the USAID PRIORITAS partner schools that provides inclusive teaching and learning. This school facilitates children with special needs who mix with other normal students. Ibu Samriah, a grade 1 teacher, shared her experience.
How can you recognize children with special needs in class? They usually give different responses or reactions. Most of them are hyperactive and constantly seek attention. They usually do not like to be disciplined. There are others, who keep silent and then suddenly urinate in the classroom.
What about their ability to follow lessons? Many are actually smart children. There are 10 hyperactive children in my class. They are smart but do not want to be disciplined. Their parents know that's how they are.
How to handle hyperactive children? I usually set aside 3 days in a week to give additional lessons to them. It does not take long, only around 15 minutes each time. Sometimes I ask them to read a book together. They can also learn from their friends of the same class. I try to devote more time to these children than to other children, but I do this outside class hours. During class hours, every one is the same.
Are all children with special needs in your class hyperactive? Not all. There is one who is 8 years of age. He can suddenly urinate in the classroom without feeling panicky or worried. Unfortunately he cannot communicate well. I give him additional lessons. In principle, I try to make all my students learn to the best of their ability. (Nic)