Inclusion and Writer's Workshop

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  1. crazylady

    crazylady New Member

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    Hi everyone. I have a question about inclusion. I am an inclusion teacher at an elementary school. one of the classes that I go into does writer's workshop. I have seen some workshop models that are good and very structured-- this one is not. the students i have in there struggle with writing "pieces to be published" Any suggestion that I make (ex. letting them use a diagram, planning map, outline, etc.) are shot down because the teacher wants them to write and look at authors' craft and model it in their writing. I think they need to learn how to make a decent sentence and a plan before writing. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can modify this kind of classwork. I am really struggling and feel like I am being no help to the students at all!! Thanks!
     
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  3. teacherchick

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    If the students are on IEP and it is written there in the IEP thatthey can use models, diagrams and graphic organizers then she is out f compliance with the IEP. If it is not in the IEP I would suggest that when you othe yearly mtg. it goes in there so that the kids have the choice of using it.
     
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    Well, crazylady, I don't think you sound so crazy here. I would think that teacher would be interested in following your suggestions if the students are struggling so much. Of course the graphic organizers sound like a good idea. Do you ever see them outside of their classroom?
     
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    Oh I forgot the reason that my suggestions are refused. I am a lateral entry teacher with a psychology degree. I am trying my best to help the students, but it seems like everything i learn about different strategies to use are refused because the teacher says the class material is already modified, or the students are just lazy!! Some I believe are just lazy, but others I think just need a different format or a little more structure. This workshop model is all new to me too and I am having a difficult time with it. I can teach students to organize their thoughts and plan, but I don't know anything about author's craft and different types of literature!! Anyway- any suggestions are appreciated!! I really want to help these students, but it is so hard working with the regular ed teachers. Inclusion is new to all of us!
     

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