Are intergrated classrooms helping our children?

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Registered: 04-28-2005
Are intergrated classrooms helping our children?
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Fri, 03-18-2011 - 6:54am

When I was a kid there were no physically disabled,

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Registered: 12-03-1999

Well, I'm 58.

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Registered: 10-08-2004

I think this could go either way.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-28-2007

HI Stephanie,

Sorry you are having school issues.

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Registered: 02-04-2004

I agree with the others.

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Registered: 09-14-1997

The answer to your question can be no, or yes. Integrated classrooms, especially classrooms on which there is a regular education teacher and a special education teacher as co-teacher are phenomenal for kids. Well, they are phenomenal as long as all parties involved are equally highly invested. In NYS, where I teach social studies, my district has been told that our students who are in 15:1:1 (Fifteen kids to one teacher and one assistant) need to be MORE integrated into the regular school environment. A lot of regular education teachers balked because they don't have the imagination or skill to teach outside their comfort zone. Most of the special education teachers agreed, but only if they could co-teach with two certain regular education teams. They wanted nothing to do with the other 4 teams. Next year, should the experiment progress, two of our teams will co-teach with the special education teachers. Two teachers, half of the class regular education, half special education; thirty kids to a class. Is it frightening. You bet. Exciting, OH YES! Will we spend the summer frantically emailing plans to each other to see if they will work with an inclusion class. Definitely. The plan is also for us to have resource kids in another inclusion class. No, I don't think we will 'burn out', I think we will learn more than we ever have before.

Yes, my team was the first one the special ed teachers chose. I am extremely proud of that fact.