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Torrenus

I just want to know if the overall idea of inclusion was initially geared toward students with disabilities such as visual/physical? Proper accommodations can be made for them without altering the content being taught. However, for students with extreme learning disabilities that directly affect the ability to function/process (for example where they are in middle school and processing concepts on a 2nd grade level), modifications to their work need to be done. These modifications include changes that affect the extent to which the content in a subject is delivered. What do we do when the student will be given the state exam to the same extent as all other students in their same grade?

Kaysie Blunt

When life hands you an inclusion student, make accommodations and include the student. Inclusion is here to stay, so what is the purpose of complaining about inclusion students. Even though some teachers may not feel adequately prepared to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities, it is the teacher's responsibility, if not obligation, to find ways to maximize each students' potential. I believe that the thought of inclusion would be accepted and fully implemented better if schools offered more trainings/development sessions that pertained to strategies teachers can use to help inclusion students.

Cozette Thigpen

I personally have a problem with inclusion. I do believe that all students can learn; however, I believe that some students are not meant to be placed in a regular classroom. I have about seven special education students in a class of 18. I teach Advanced Software. My problem is that some of the students do not know where the keys are located, they can't read the assignments, or do not know where to find certain things on the computer. Don't get me worng, I do not have a problem with showing them how to do the work. I also pair them with a neighbor so that they can help them with the work. Still, the problem I have is it slows down the learning process for the other students in the class. They tend to get irritated and to start talking while I am trying to help the inclusion students. The regular education students will make comments like, " This is a sped class", or " I feel like I am in special ed". I have tried to come up with ways to keep them on different levels, but I have some inclusion students that will notice and say when will I do that or mine don't look like theirs. I think inclusion practices should be re-evaluated and more training should be provided.

Jessica Buchanan

I personally think that there are some disadvantages and advantages to inclusion. sometimes as a teacher or someone in a related field have to take the good with the bad. inclusion is something you have to work on,it is not created over night. this is my first year in the program and we have veterans in the programs and i didn't get my degree in special education or education, i got my degree in something else. sometimes i feel that i am in an inclusion classroom because of the my degree. i sometimes have to review my laws more often than others or i have to really manage time to create and make sure my lesson plan is o.k. which these skills would come natural to a person with an education and special education degree. for one second try and imagine what it would feel like if you were not on the same page as your classmates and your teacher needed to give you extra help and guidance. inclusion isn't everywhere and maybe it would be a great idea to make a plan to put and promote more inclusion in school one step at a time. stay positive

Dr. K

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Tricia Killebrew

It is very hard to implement inclusion into a school that does not currently practice this. This is my first year at the school where I currently teach and I am not getting a lot of cooperation from the general or other special education personnel.

Edquina Stapleton

Personally, I am not happy with the inclusion setting. The students so not take the inclusion teacher serious. They are always complaining about not being able to complete the work without any help. To me, they do not try to complete the work because they know the inclusion teacher will help them and practically give them the answers. I teach Computer Discovery and some of the students complain about the keys being covered up. I give them plenty of opportunities to learn the keys, but they just complain and say it is boring. I have a sped assistant to assist with the inclusion students, and they call her for every problem that they have. They will not try to figure out the problem first without notifying the teacher. So to me, inclusion is a laid back feature of not doing nothing without help.

Ellaweas Jackson

I really don't have much to say about inclusion because I am trying to learn much about it. I do think all children sould be able to learn rather they are normal or have a disability.
From what I have heard student have to be taught in classroom from regular students to provide instruction or assessment.
I've learned in my Monday night class that IDEA laid the ground work for inclusive education.

Dr. K

I personally had a positive experience with inclusion when I worked as a special educaiton teacher in Greeley, CO. I picked this particular school because it had a full inclusion policy.

roianna

I am currently an inclusion kindergarten teacher. I go into 5 classes. All of the teachers are very welcoming and give me access to their materials. The teachers are confused to what exactly I am doing or what inclusion is supposed to be. I think that all teachers need a class on what inclusion is because sometimes I am treated like an assistant teacher.

Latonya Foster

I really don't have any personal experiences with inclusion because I am not a teacher. However, from what I have learn so far,inclusion will have many disadvantages as well as advantages.

Monyka Allen

I have heard a great deal about inclusion but until I was told that I had a child who was Developmentally Delayed I was did not pay that much attention to it. Now I am at the point where I need to find new ways of teaching him and connecting with him. I really want him to grow out of this. However, I am aware that it takes more than just instructional learning in the classroom setting. It goes far beyond the teacher and the student. I need to know what I can do to help him. Help!!

Hertensia M. Farmer

I have inclusion students in 3 of my classes. Students abilties differ in each class. I find my self having to adjust in each class. In one class I have an inclusion student who really tries and does not want to be known as an inclusion student. On the other hand I have a student who has to have constant supervision of the inclusion teacher. He is able to function academically but he has a behavior disorder. This causes him to get behind in class.

Gina Exum

I am a special education teacher and have been using inclusive practices for my students. The teachers are very open to this idea and are welcoming to strategies that will assist these students in being successful in the regular education classroom. I think their biggest fear is not knowing how to best serve these students.

Emily Sandidge

I am the art teacher in my school, so of course I have ALL students come to my classroom. I do not have a problem with inclusion. But, if I were a regular classroom teacher, my feelings would probably be different. I can definitely understand the frustrations that can come along with inclusion. But, at the same time, I am an advocate for it. The environment that the regular classroom offers a student can be found no place else. It is truely one of a kind.

Leslie Bishop

I am a preschool teacher at Delta State. I have one child who is serverly mentally retarded. He can not talk, walk, or feed himself. I have no documentation on his disability. I have tried to get it out of his mom but she says that the doctors don't know what is wrong with him. I know if I knew what was wrong with him then I could help him.

Rosie Gatlin

I am an inclusion teacher. One of my main problem is that teachers in the general education setting usually want allow me an opportunity to co teach. They aren't comfortable with me being in the classroom. Some feels as if I should only deal with those students who have a disability and that's it. The children as a whole (regular and special education students) enjoy me being there in the room. I avail myself to any student who needs a little extra help.

Ruth Giles

I totally agree with Inclusion. However, the school I presently teach at just started to implement Inclusion this year. It didn't really affect me because there is an inclusion teacher that assists my students in regular classrooms. If I was a regular education teacher I would still support inclusion because I feel that all children should learn together. If they learn together, they learn to live together. Even if you teach all regular education students, there will still be a child or children who will not catch on as quickly as others.

Lequetta Williams

I'm not a school teacher but I was given the oppurtunity to observe students that were in the inclusion setting. This gives the students the feeling of belonging and I think that these students worked well with the regular ed students.

Robin Z Davis

I have not had much experience with inclusion. I am a general education teacher and when I left public schools, inclusion was not in place. At least not in my school district. I hope to learn as much as possible before I go back into the schools, so at least I will know what is supposed to happen. I feel like inclusion is a great idea for some students. But I wonder if all students with disabilities really benefit from this practice?

Geisha Forrest

I personally have mixed feeling when it comes to inclusion. I also feel that inclusion have it's positive and negative sides. However, I feel that it does make the students with disabilities feel like they belong or more comfortable in the schools. Also, I think that if the teachers are not trained to work in inclusive settings that they are more stressed and less helpful to the special need children in their general classroom.

Sharron Smith

I feel that inclusion is good if it is done right. Personally, I feel that inclusion is not done right in my school. Even though the teacher comes around to the classroom, I feel that she does not spend the time needed in the classroom. This is my first year of experiencing inclusion in the classroom because I have 1 student who receives help from the inclusion teacher. Inclusion should include cooperation and working as a team to meet the needs of all students.

Rosalynn Lampkin

I don't personally have a problem with inclusion, but I have a colleague that does. She has a student that is receiving special education services, he can't read but he is in her English I class. She don't understand how she will be able to teach him to read and teach him English. This student is on the regular diploma track so he isn't seeing any sped teachers throughout the day for help and he doesn't have anyone other than the teacher in class to help him. In this case how should she handle this situation? I believe that all students can learn, but they learn at different paces. In this case this student and teacher need help.

Rosalynn Lampkin

I don't personally have a problem with inclusion, but I have a colleague that does. She has a student that is receiving special education services, he can't read but he is in her English I class. She don't understand how she will be able to teach him to read and teach him English. This student is on the regular diploma track so he isn't seeing any sped teachers throughout the day for help and he doesn't have anyone other than the teacher in class to help him. In this case how should she handle this situation? I believe that all students can learn, but they learn at different paces. In this case this student and teacher need help.

Ezandra Washington

There are a lot of people that don't like the inclusion setting, especially teachers. Teachers have to realize that this is beneficial for the student and not for themselves. Intergrating with others students is a good way to learn from others. Teachers have to just get adjusted to differentiating instruction because some students are different levels from others. Most students learn best from others. The administration should set up some type of training for teachers to go to. This may help them out a lot in the general classrooms.

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