Special Education- Inclusion in the ClassroomHi, I will begin my student teaching next fall and have several questions for any experienced special educators. What do you think the biggest challenge...

Special Education- Inclusion in the Classroom

Hi, I will begin my student teaching next fall and have several questions for any experienced special educators.

What do you think the biggest challenge in teaching special education is?

Of what aspects of IDEA do you feel the most aware?

How can new teachers stay on top of new developments of special education that impact their role as a general education classroom teacher?

What can classroom teachers do to ensure they are looking soley at student disability rather than student differences when referring a student to a special education screening?

Thanks in advance for any and all input! :)

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The biggest challenge in special education is that you will have students with different needs every time. You will need to do research and talk to resource professionals for each specific need. Over time, you'll become more experienced and know what to do.
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When referring a student for possible special education testing you need to be sure that you have tried interventions with the student. As the above post states make sure you document these interventions and their effectiveness or ineffectiveness.

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Special Education- Inclusion in the Classroom

Hi, I will begin my student teaching next fall and have several questions for any experienced special educators.

What do you think the biggest challenge in teaching special education is?

Of what aspects of IDEA do you feel the most aware?

How can new teachers stay on top of new developments of special education that impact their role as a general education classroom teacher?

What can classroom teachers do to ensure they are looking soley at student disability rather than student differences when referring a student to a special education screening?

Thanks in advance for any and all input! :)

  I think one of the biggest challenges in teaching special education is the administration in your building.  It helps to have an administrator that is knowledgeable about special education and/or is willing to learn.  If they do neither, it is very difficult for them to understand exactly why or what makes your kids different.

I think the best way for new teachers to stay on top of new developments in special education is to join some groups such as CEC and to go to conferences and as much training as you can outside of the district.

The main thing a classroom teacher needs to do when referring a student to special education screening is to keep documentation.  You want to make sure that you have documentation as to what sorts of interventions you have tried, how successful they were, and how the child has progressed or not.  By doing all this, you will ensure that you are looking at that child and what you can and have done for them.  It will also be your saving grace in the meetings you will have to get that student tested.

 

Hope this answers some of your questions!!  :)

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