Inclusion question

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  1. kyblue07

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    I have one inclusion group. A special education teacher follows this group to core classes each day. Each week, I send my lessons to the special education teacher for her to look at and decide if the lesson, materials, etc need modified and if so, for her to let me know what I need to change or make the changes herself and have these ready for class.
    I never get any response from her. She never offers to help with modifications as far as the assignments, papers, etc.
    She has said that it is not her responsibility to make those types of modifications. According to her, her job is to monitor what modifications I make and make sure I am following students' IEPs and help out during class time.

    Is this correct? Isn't she the special education expert? Shouldn't she help make modifications to handouts, papers, note-sheets, etc? Am I just not understanding inclusion?
     
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  3. Zelda~*

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    I think it would be her job to make modifications. That's generally the sort of thing that is expected....
     
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    Our SpEd Inclusion teacher sits down and plans with the teachers she works with as well as sits in the classroom. So, she handles the modifications.
     
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    You would think that would be her job. You plan it, she modifies it, you or both of you teach it?
     
  6. kyblue07

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    That's how I understood it should work. I don't expect her to be responsible for everything with this group. After all, I send her my lesson plan and everything that goes with it (handouts, worksheets, notes, even transparencies!). In class, I expect it to be a joint effort. Sometimes whole class with one of us in the lead. Sometimes parallel when we split the class into 2 groups and both teach a concept. Just some examples.

    This all came up because all last year I got not help with modifications other than her being in the classroom offering help to individual students such as scribing or reading. This year, I questioned this and why she did not help make any other type of modifications to the lesson and materials. Her reply this week was that she wasn't responsible for that stuff and she was there to offer assistance during class to students and keep track of what modifications I made. She said she wasn't responsible at all for the lesson and materials, etc.

    I disagree with her.

    Who would be the ultimate authority on who has what responsibility?
     
  7. Mrs. R.

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    In my school the assistant principal for pupil services would be the person who I would speak to regarding a division of labor question. Whoever is in charge of the special ed department (or whatever it is called in your school) would be a good person to ask.
    I co-taught inclusion classes for years. All of my sp. ed. co-teachers planned with me, assisted in making modifications, and even graded half of the papers, even those that were not sp. ed. kids' papers.
    At the very least, she should be offering you suggestions on the modifications to make on the assignments so that her kids can be successful in your class.
     
  8. kyblue07

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    Thanks for all the input! I really appreciate everyone's comments. I think it's clear that we need a meeting to clarify some of these issues at my school.
     
  9. Ms. Stupid

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    In my school, the teachers are responsible for making the mods., but the SE teacher should be willing to help if you can't come up with any ideas- especially if the mods are severe! Go to your AP or IS (instructional specialist) if you have one.
     
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    I have been the regular education teacher in an inclusion setting for all 10 of the years I have been teaching, in addition to this year.

    I create the plans, it is my job as Lang.Arts/SS teacher to teach the curriculum! the inclass support teacher is responsible for modifing the lessons, etc. to meet the needs of her "students"- (others get the modifications too) The Special Education teacher must follow the IEP's they are federal documents that hold up very well in court if the students needs are not being met.

    the special education teacher is not repsponsible for the modifications on any 504 documents, although a legal document, they are not created by the child study team.

    Maybe you should ask your P or child study team if there are "job descriptions" or roles stated somewhere for each of you.

    HTH

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    Got me to thinking...

    kyblue, in college were you taught how to modify? I know when I went to college in the 90's, it seemed to me that gen. ed teachers were taught to teach and the SPE teachers were taught to modify... or that's how I felt. I've worked with some gen. ed. teachers that wasn' sure how to modify, what exactly to do.

    But like you said, yes, a meeting of the minds needs to be held so things can be cleared up on her job in this inclusion aspect.
     
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    If you sign off on the IEP you are also required to make accomodations for the sped kids according to their plans.
     
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    I do some of the modifications, and my co-teacher does part of it. I have two inclusion classes, and she's with me for both of them. She pulls students for part of the period, and she assists in the classroom. She gets copies of all the assignments. She is the one with the special education degree, so she's the modification expert. She taught the entire class one day last week.
     
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    I think that she should do it. But i would tread lightly since you have to teach with this woman every day. How will she react if you go to the principal on her? If she reacts poorly is it worth the negativity that it could bring to your class?
     
  15. kyblue07

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    Thanks for all the input on this question. I really appreciate it! I think I had a good foundation in school as far as making modifications and basic special education knowledge. It's grown considerably however each year. But, the issue I have is that her job description according to our district handbook says that she is responsible for making modifications (my CRT checked this for me) and she refuses to do so. I want a more co-teaching, team, atmosphere rather than I do everything and she sits in the desk watching everything.
    I don't want to alienate her or create a tense situation. But I don't understand other teachers' complacency on my team to the fact that she refuses to do her job.
     
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    Have you gone to the Special Ed. coordinator about this?
     
  17. Electron

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    I've been having a similar problem. Turns out I have a bunch of ESE kids in my physics classes - not that anyone thought they'd tell me! Even the supposed 'severe' LD person isn't doing the worst, while some of the others, well, I think their learning challenges definitely lie in areas outside science judging by their good work so far...

    Of course, now I have a situation where I have to start making a bunch of accomodations for quizzes etc! Good thing I found out now, the first quiz is this Thursday!
     
  18. Tasha

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    kyblue, what she said her job was sounds like a sped aide at my school. We have aides that are with a student or small group and they do exactly what you described. A few grades have very large sped populations or special needs and have a teacher that moves with a certain group. The teacher is supposed to make modifications to the lessons and what you are doing sounds more than accommodating.
    I would ask the principal/AP or sped department head to sit in on a meeting and work out who is responsible for what with these students.
     

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