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

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.

Larry Williams's picture

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.

LPS's picture
Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

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.

JAG's picture
Self-conatined MoCI Classroom

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

R Rose's picture

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.

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P. Svec
Primary Special Ed. Teacher (Retired)

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.

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