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Katy D Self-contained Special Ed Teacher 8-12

Due to the terrible financial problems in Alabama, a lot of our students with more profound disabilities will be placed in classrooms with 30-35 students. I can't see this as an advantage. Please comments and advise me on positive solutions for our students.

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Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

30-35

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Tell the parents to sue the district on the basis that the law requires the district to provide all students with a free and APPROPRIATE education and a self-contained class of 30 students with profound disabilities is not APPROPRIATE for any of them.

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WOW!

My situation is that of a

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My situation is that of a self-contained co-taught high school grouping (Mild/Moderate)at an Alternative School, that is emotionally disturbed and disciplined challenged. Our director, for this situation,tries to keep it to 10 students per teacher, which I think also has a legal ramification.

Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

I have 12 students and 3

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I have 12 students and 3 TA's, unfortunately, I also have 5 who can become quite voilent and 5 who are 1:1's, 2 are mainstreamed for most tof the day and I am supposed to have a TA with them for 4 hours a day in order for them to be included in GE. HUMMMM. We simply can't do it all every day. We have noticed that when 2 are absent it makes a huge difference in what we can do with kids. My goal is to get the cap down to 10. I would definately give parents a resource for an advocacy group. I tell parents that they can seek outside help or invite the omnibudsem person to come to an IEP meeting or someone from the Special Education Advisory Committee to attend. As an Educator I would be in touch with my Union Rep. Your Consensus agreement should have limits.

Self-conatined MoCI Classroom

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I agree with Deven; get the parents involved. If parents begin to make some noise, they are usually heard over any teachers.

My district has been making

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My district has been making noise about going to a full inclusive setting by 2013. I am totally against it, but my voice won't count for anything since I will be retiring in 2012, and moving out of the state. I teach in a self-contained setting, where we have 4 teachers, each teaching one subject area to two grade levels, two different leveled programs. We developed the higher level program when we found that so many kids could not handle being in a class with 30 kids, yet were bright enough for grade level curriculum. The lower level program is for kids who can't handle the grade level curriculum. We still have to teach grade level to them, but we teach it at a slower pace, and use a lot more hands on materials. I can't imagine placing those kids in a general ed classroom. The kids will be totally frustrated and most likely act out. How will that help educate my kids, and what will it do to the education of the general ed kids in the room? I have to remember that it will not be my problem to solve and not get totally frustrated with it.

Primary Special Ed. Teacher (Retired)

Intervention Specialist 18 years

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As a retired special education teacher, I am saddened by the inclusion process for children who are severely impaired. I taught a self contained classroomfor children 5-7. With only 1 classroom assistant, together we were able to educate the children with appropriate methodologies as well as address disciplinary problems. Almost all children could read by the time they moved on to higher level classrooms. Within the self contained classroom, teachers are able to address individual learning needs. I am so against placing special education students in the regular classroom unless the student can fully participate and not just observe for socialization. Call me old school, but I felt as though my students were receiving the best education possibled without dealing with another teacher who misunderstood their learning abilities or how to approach their learning styles.

Sped teacher

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What happened to no child left behind. My suggestion is to group several kids in a gen ed class and insure that a para is in the classroom to keep tabs on the kids. Make sure the kids have a resource room to get help....I always connected to their teachers on a daily basis to insure work was getting turned in

Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

R Rose, My hat is off to you

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R Rose, My hat is off to you because I know that my own son who was in SC for K-6 grade and then mainstreamed for selected classes. (Vocational) he received most of his academics in Resource 7-12 grade. With additional support he did great. Plus I was very involved with his educational planning. He graduated and has built his own home and is a truck driver. I can't imagine the frustration he would have had in classes of 30 to 50 students. Without training the GE teachers I too have concerns about placement issues. Our district wants to reduce self-contained placements by 50%.. I see this as setting our kids up for failure. My philosophy has always been to set kids up for success and they will be successful. Both my boys earn more than I do. I acheived my goal and that was that they would be able to provide for their own kids. The sad part is that I still can't even buy my own home on a teacher's salary.

my daughter, Ainsley, is 6

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my daughter, Ainsley, is 6 and is completing her Kindergarten year. She splits her time between a spec ed room and a gen ed room. It is a struggle to know what is the best environment for her. Ainsley's medical diagnosis is unspecified currently but if it were 10 years ago it would be Cerebral Palsy. She is very social but has limited communication skills as a result of her delayed processing and motor delays. What I want most for Ainsley is that she can begin developing relationships with typical peers so she has a support system that is much larger than her family and support staff. The ability for her to interact with her peers can only help raise awareness and all we want is acceptance.

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