Do you think inclusion program is effective?
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Natalie - posted on 07/01/2009
as a special education teacher, it all depends on the support available for the student. if the options are pull the student out or let them sit in reg ed without support... pull them out. Education is #1, social is #2. In the budget crisis many districts are finding themselves in, one on one aides are not as common as they once were. Additionally, sometimes a pullout reading program can "catch" students up to grade level so they can participate with their peers fully. Other times curriculum modification are all that are needed to allow a student to be successful in the classroom. I know this isn't the best answer for your thesis work, but truely it depends on the student and the support available for them. Least restrictive...
Cheryl - posted on 07/01/2009
i think it depends on the extend of the kid's disability.. I think they should inclusion program would be effective as long as the program would allow the kid to follow the pace (even if he's going to be working a little harder than most kids, or get special attention) of the curriculum.
Mindi - posted on 06/30/2009
I was a teacher for 10 years. When I first began teaching, I had a girl with cerebral palsy in my class (although not really because she was pulled out SO much!). After learning about inclusion, I spoke with the mother about including her more in my class. She had a full-time aide with her, so she got one-on-one help all day long when she needed it. She went from a quiet girl who couldn't read to an outgoing girl who was beginning to read. Before long, she had lots of friends.
I think children with disabilities should be included whenever the setting allows them to learn. For example, if they can learn on their own or with a small amount of help from a teacher, or if they have an aide who can help them. I think that's best for the child and their peers. However, if the child is simply sitting in a room and not learning, then something needs to change. Either they need to be pulled out for part of the day, or they need an aide to assist them.
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