First full day of school

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Registered: 03-25-2003
First full day of school
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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 4:42pm
was great! Adam even spent some time in a regular classroom and did fine. Of course, they didn't really do any work yet, but still....
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Registered: 07-17-2007
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 9:36am
Here most kids receiving special education are in general ed or GT for most of the day. For example, YDS is served in the GT math, general Social Studies and General Science. Last year he went to one Special ed teacher for remedial reading 30 minutes a day and spent the rest of language arts with his normal special ed teacher - for writing and literature. Since the kids change classes with each subject, it isn't like a "pull out". The students who see the special ed teacher for math, go to her during their math block. Each Special Ed teacher has an aide- who is usually in one of the general ed rooms. Everyone is in general ed or GT for social studies and science. Very few children are assigned their own aide and they generally tend to be in self contained classrooms for the academic classes, but go to Art, Music, PE and lunch with their assigned general ed homeroom. YDS grade is unusual in that there are 20 students in special ed in some form or another - so there are two special ed teachers and two aides for his grade. Our school has about 8-10 special ed teachers in any given year.
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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 6:32pm
I'm not sure, but I don't think it's over 500. There are 3 elementary schools in town, and 2 others out in the county. They each have a special ed class with 1 teacher and 2-3 assistants, serving grades K-6, and each child is integrated into a regular class at their grade level when possible. There are, I think, 8 kids in

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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 5:38pm

Sounds great.

How big is your school? Here the special ed teachers may loop up one year, but not always. YDS is in special ed for dyslexia and dysgraphia. He had the same special ed teacher in 2nd and 3rd grades, but a different one in 4th and another one in 5th. We will find out who he gets at the end of the month for 6th. There were 500 kids when YDS started in kindergarten, now the school has over 600 (mainly because they keep the gifted kids now). His grade has two special ed teachers (and two aides) as there are a large number of children who qualify for them - about 20 out of 80 kids. His grade is unusual- as most grades have one special ed teacher assigned to it.

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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 5:01pm
He'll stay with the same spec. ed. teacher through elementary school until he is fully integrated into the regular classroom. He has done pretty well this week, just a few minor meltdowns, but he's learning that they don't do any good.

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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 4:54pm

I'm glad it went well.. We still have 4 more weeks of summer vacation. We haven't even received our new schedules yet. We usually get the teacher assignments until the end of August/beginning of September. School starts on Labor Day Tuesday and there is an Open House the Friday before. We usually get the teacher assignments in the mail on that Thursday.

Middle school schedules tend to go out about a week earlier- based on my one year experience last year.

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 10:47pm
The good thing is that after he got his diagnosis, he finished last year with this same teacher, so he went in this year knowing what to expect, even though he was only with her for a short time last year. I really feel like we're going to hit a turning point (for the good) this year.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 08-09-2010 - 9:59pm

I'm glad it went well.