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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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susan Isaacson
Special Ed tchr. (ER) from Fairbanks, Alaska

What are they thinking? This is just more of the lack of common sense that we face (generally speaking) in the field of education. If you have not been assertive before this Katy, take a big long breath and move on this. Contact parents, tap into the federal laws, refer to the description of what is the least restrictive setting for the students who have special needs that you will be serving. Have the data on hand, be a professional and fight for those kids! Someone has to!

susan Isaacson's picture
susan Isaacson
Special Ed tchr. (ER) from Fairbanks, Alaska

What are they thinking? This is just more of the lack of common sense that we face (generally speaking) in the field of education. If you have not been assertive before this Katy, take a big long breath and move on this. Contact parents, tap into the federal laws, refer to the description of what is the least restrictive setting for the students who have special needs that you will be serving. Have the data on hand, be a professional and fight for those kids! Someone has to!

Lynn Steinfeldt's picture

Until parents become educated in their rights and what is best for their children, this lack of common sense will reign in education! (But what should we expect, there is no common sense in any form of government today!) And the children will suffer for it!

JB's picture
JB
Intervention Specialist

Wow- unbelievable! Be the voice for your students :) Let us know how things are going. The law is on your side.

Bernice Wonderly's picture

I had a self-contained class room of 5 very needy special education 4th grade students and it really was successful this year. One student made a 2 year gain in reading, most made at least one years progress in reading. They all passed proficient on the reading Virginia Grade Level Assessment. I'm still waiting to hear on the Math VGLA and the Virginia Studies SOL. I had 4 other LD students join us throughout the day for studying and Language Arts sessions.

Bernice Wonderly's picture

The laws say that special education students need to be in the Least Restrictive Environment. By putting students with profound disabilities in general education classrooms you are putting them into more restrictive environments.

Deven Black's picture
Deven Black
Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

[quote] By putting students with profound disabilities in general education classrooms you are putting them into more restrictive environments.[/quote]

How do you figure that? General education is considered the least restrictive environment, even when it is inappropriate for a student.

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Kidbiz
Retired Mild-Moderate Special Day Class teacher

I had a self-contained class room of 5 very needy special education 4th grade students and it really was successful this year. One student made a 2 year gain in reading, most made at least one years progress in reading. They all passed proficient on the reading Virginia Grade Level Assessment. I'm still waiting to hear on the Math VGLA and the Virginia Studies SOL. I had 4 other LD students join us throughout the day for studying and Language Arts sessions.

Wow...5 students from one grade level! You were very lucky to have such a class. My classes ranged from 11-15, averaging 12 students. They were learning disabled, behavior disordered, emotionally disturbed, autistic and mildly retarded. I had one aide most times, with an extra one for the autistic children. It was a challenging situation to say the least. I wonder what I could have done if I had only 5 students? That will never happen in California.

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My opinion would be the split time between the two with more time in regular ed at the young age. Once they hit 2nd-3rd grade less time is typically spent in the reg ed class as the heavy focus on curriculm -- unless your daughter is able to do modified curriculum. Push for inclusion -- go in and talk to her class the beginning of the school year -- tell them about Ainsley and how they can be her friend -- remind them that she is the same age and wants to be treated the same way -- alot of kids, especially girls at this age will like to play the "mother hen". the only way she can develop friendships is if she is with her peers. Reverse mainstreaming may be an option also -- the reg ed kids come into her sped room and see what she does there and can interact with her in that environment. hope my comments help.

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