Vir­ginia Trott


The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators -

With a Mas­ters of Ap­plied Dis­abil­i­ties Stud­ies and 14 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of dis­abil­i­ties, Vir­ginia Trott has also re­cently be­come a Board Cer­ti­fied Be­hav­iour An­a­lyst. Trott has a gen­uine de­sire “to en­sure as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble have a fair op­por­tu­nity to a full ed­u­ca­tion.” In her class­room, she en­cour­ages ac­tive learn­ing where stu­dents can ask ques­tions ( ei­ther on or off topic), which makes a typ­i­cal day of­ten filled with un­ex­pected learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. What she finds most re­ward­ing is see­ing a stu­dent progress from com­ing to Ko­hai with chal­leng­ing be­hav­iours to de­vel­op­ing ba­sic stu­dent skills, such as, fol­low­ing a class­room rou­tine, work­ing at their desk, par­tic­i­pat­ing in class­room lessons, and jok­ing around with the teacher and class­mates. “It is nec­es­sary to un­der­stand each stu­dent – how they learn and what mo­ti­vates them both to learn and to be­have the way they be­have. If you can un­der­stand these el­e­ments, you can help each stu­dent be suc­cess­ful. I treat each stu­dent as an in­di­vid­ual and I get to know each of them. I be­lieve each stu­dent should be treated with re­spect and en­cour­aged to de­velop goals for them­selves. I help my stu­dents set their goals and then we work to­gether to achieve them.”

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