Looking for a quality learning centre / private school for nursery / pre-school, primary or secondary levels in Petaling Jaya, Selangor?
J&J International is akin to a private school / learning centre in Selangor and offers private education for nursery / pre-school, primary and secondary students. It is conveniently located in central Petaling Jaya, Selangor, minutes away to Kuala Lumpur (KL) city centre. J&J International offers the international (UK) syllabus leading up to the IGCSE (University of Cambridge) qualification incorporating all core subjects plus essential life skills programmes such as Leadership and Character Building, Communication Skills by Trinity College London and many more.
The aim of J&J International is to bring out the best in your child(ren). Here, we develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their value and talents, help to create a better world and add value to all around.
Your children will reap the following benefits from J&J:
- Closer, personal attention for better results
- Reasonable and value-for-money rates for the enriched programme
- Conducive learning environment at a good location, with outdoor / sporting facilities
- UK syllabus from Years 1 - 11, including strong emphasis on Mandarin
- Professional Speech / Communication programme by Trinity College London to boost confidence and self-esteem
- Life-skills and leadership skills / opportunities to be successful are other enrichment programmes organised
Your child(ren) deserve(s) the best in education in terms of its content and substance that will develop them into successful and happy individuals.
J&J International provides a holistic approach that is not offered in other systems. Whilst your child learns creative thinking and problem solving skills and wide as well as in-depth knowledge from the UK syllabus, he/she will also be accorded Communication training (an established and international programme by Trinity College London) at all levels leading them into professional certifications besides the main IGCSE / 'O' Level qualification.
In a nutshell, we are a quality learning centre for all levels:
- Nursery & Pre-school
- Primary & Secondary (IGCSE / 'O' level qualification)
- Daycare & Enrichment Programmes
Ways to Bring Out the Best in Special-Needs Students
- Discover your students' strengths.
Before they even come into your classroom, find out about your students' strengths and abilities by talking with previous teachers and looking at cumulative files (focusing on the highest grades and test scores and any positive comments from teachers). Then, fill out a strength-based inventory for each student—and have parents fill one out as well. I have a 165-item strengths inventory in my book Neurodiversity in the Classroom, and there are others out there, too. Also, ask your special-needs students what they're interested in, what they feel like they're good at, and what they’d most like to study. If time is an issue, focus on the students who are the squeaky wheels and have the greatest needs.
- Provide positive role models with disabilities.
Students with special needs need to learn about individuals with disabilities who have become successful in life. This way, they can hopefully come to the conclusion that "If they can do it, so can I!" Some examples of such individuals include: Noble Prize winning geneticist Carol Greider (learning disabilities), film director Steven Spielberg (ADHD), and animal scientist Temple Grandin (autistic spectrum disorder). Create a curriculum unit entitled, "People with Disabilities Who Changed the World," and make sure that typically developing students also take part in the lessons.
- Develop strength-based learning strategies.
Once you know your students' special strengths, design strategies that utilize those abilities. If a student is great at drawing but has trouble reading, let her illustrate her vocabulary words. If a student shows gifts in knitting but doesn't understand place value, have him design a fabric art piece by knitting rows of 10. There are thousands of ideas and projects that can be created by combining a student’s strengths with a learning deficit.
- Use assistive technologies and Universal Design for Learning tools.
Learn about apps that capitalize on the gifts of your students with special needs. Provide a student who is a great orator but can’t write very well with a speech-to-text program such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, so that he can speak into the computer and produce writing that way. For a student with autism who loves to use an iPad but has difficulty communicating, teach her how to use an alternative augmentative communication app like Proloquo2Go, so that with the touch of a few buttons she can have a synthesized voice speak for her.
- Maximize the Power of your students' social networks.
So much of learning involves being in relationships with others, and many students with special needs have particular difficulty establishing positive social connections. Create a graphic representation of a student's peer network, identifying both strong and weak relationships. Then, pair the student with classmates that he has the most positive relationships with using peer-teaching, cross-age tutoring, Best Buddies, or other social-learning approaches.
- Help students envision positive future careers.
Most students with special needs have either no images of themselves as working adults in the future, or have primarily negative ones. Encourage these students by helping them make links between their strengths and the requirements of specific jobs or careers. So, for example, a student with ADHD who loves adrenaline-producing experiences might thrive in a high-stimulation job like firefighting. A student with learning disabilities who has a penchant for art might do very well working as a graphic artist.
- Create positive modifications in the learning environment.
Think about how you can create changes in your classroom that dovetail with the particular strengths of your students with special needs. Provide a student with ADHD who learns best by moving, for example, with a stability ball that he can jiggle on while doing his classwork. For a student with Down Syndrome who loves to humorously mimic others, build a simple puppet theatre where he can act out math word problems in front of the class and get positive feedback.
A movement is emerging in education called "neurodiversity," which suggests that we view our students with special needs in terms of "diversity" rather than "disability." By embracing this more positive perspective, and coupling it with differentiation strategies that build on students' strengths, we can help ensure that our students with special needs achieve success both in the classroom and out in the real world.
Thomas Armstrong was a special education teacher in Canada and the United States for several years. He currently writes and speaks to educators around the world, and is the author of 15 books, including his most recent,Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in School and Life, upon which this article is based.