I need teachers to respond to this for a major college assignment, please!

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  1. FutureElementaryTeacher

    FutureElementaryTeacher New Member

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    Hi everyone! I'm currently a college student majoring in elementary education. I have a major assignment due that requires me to talk to a elementary teacher about inclusion in their classroom and how the advocate or support it. I'm not from around where I'm attending college, and the teacher that I emailed from my hometown with hopes that she would be willing to do this hasn't got back to me. It would mean the world to me if someone could answer 5 out of the 11 questions that I've posted. You can even chime in on anything that I didnt ask or that you feel is necessary to say. Please feel free to message me!! I've posted the questions below so you can see them. Thank you all so much.

    1. Could you share an experience you’ve had while dealing with a child with an exceptionality (disability) in the classroom and how you handled it?

    2. What is your attitude toward inclusion? Do you agree or disagree and why?

    3. Why do you believe inclusion is important?

    4. How would you describe your teaching style?

    5. Share your own personal belief in regard to self-contained classrooms for students with special needs?

    6. How do you plan lessons that accommodate a child who has special needs?

    7. Did you find it difficult when going into a classroom to teach general education students and also having to accommodate some students IEP’s?

    8. While you were a math coach, about how many of the students that came to your class for one-on-one time have an exceptionality?

    9. While you were teaching as a general education teacher about how many of your students had an exceptionality?

    10. Did you or have you ever have a teacher mission statement? If so, what was it?

    11. Do you feel that teachers have the appropriate amount of tools and support necessary for the students to be successful?
     
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  3. blazer

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    1. Could you share an experience you’ve had while dealing with a child with an exceptionality (disability) in the classroom and how you handled it?
    I work in an all Girls Secondary in the UK (US 6th to 10th grade) teaching science in a comprehensive school. We have many SEN kids in the school but one specific instance is a girl with low functioning Downs Syndrome who is now in yr 11 (10 grade) and has been in the school for nearly 5 years. In the Uk most schools set classes by ability so this girl was placed in the bottom set. Class sizes generally are adjusted so high ability classes may have 30+ pupils whilst bottom sets may be 10-12. This pupil was assigned a full time teaching assistant who came to every class with her. As a teacher I had to prepare special teaching materials for her that she could attempt with the assistance of her TA. Often this would involve me taking the main learning objectives from the lesson and selecting just one that she could attempt.

    2. What is your attitude toward inclusion? Do you agree or disagree and why? There are many different kinds of inclusion. Many can be handled by a mainstream school with adequate support. Difficulties arise when perhaps the inclusion of one child has a detrimental effect on the rest of the class. Pupils that are disruptive can prevent the learning of others. Inclusion also needs to be funded. In the UK our Government wants to include many pupils but will not provide the funding needed to support them, the other students and the staff. There are some children who are best served in a special school.

    3. Why do you believe inclusion is important?
    It is important because society needs to be as inclusive as possible.

    4. How would you describe your teaching style?
    After 30 years in the classroom I suppose I would be described as traditional with some modern influences.

    5. Share your own personal belief in regard to self-contained classrooms for students with special needs?
    Some special needs pupils require sophisticated equipment and resources plus specialist staff. These are expensive so it makes sense to have these in special settings to allow their most efficient use.

    6. How do you plan lessons that accommodate a child who has special needs?
    Identify the need, look at the lesson objective and then plan to accomodate the pupil as best as possible. Accept that there will be some things that pupil cannot participate in. Try to find an alternative activity for them.

    7. Did you find it difficult when going into a classroom to teach general education students and also having to accommodate some students IEP’s?
    Sometimes. It will depend on how long I have had to prepare and how much I know about that pupil's condition. It will also depend on how much extra staff support that pupil may have in place. Sometimes collaboration in advance of the lesson with the support staff is a benefit. However time is not always made available for this.

    8. While you were a math coach, about how many of the students that came to your class for one-on-one time have an exceptionality?
    Never been a Maths coach

    9. While you were teaching as a general education teacher about how many of your students had an exceptionality?
    When I started out it was probably less than 5% however these days , in my current school possible 10% of pupils with varying degrees of SEN. This increase is mainly due to the Government closing many Special Ed schools.

    10. Did you or have you ever have a teacher mission statement? If so, what was it?
    We don't have these in the UK

    11. Do you feel that teachers have the appropriate amount of tools and support necessary for the students to be successful?
    You can never have enough support, time or resources in schools. That applies to all students not just the SEN ones.

    Hope this helps
     
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  4. FutureElementaryTeacher

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    Thank you so so much! Awesome answers
     
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  6. FutureElementaryTeacher

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    Thank you!! I strongly agree with your thoughts on if it becomes a distraction then inclusion isn't always the best option.
     

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