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resource room - supplement or supplant?

resource room - supplement or supplant?

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I am a fairly new special ed teacher, but have 22 years in education. I don't have a lot of experience with other school districts in other states, and have some questions regarding common practices. One area that we discuss (argue) over is whether our elementary education resource room should be supplemental instruction (we define this as content area instruction IN ADDITION to the gen ed instruction) or supplanted (INSTEAD OF the gen ed content area instruction). In our area, the specially designed instruction from the resource room teacher had always been supplemental. This created a Gen Ed attitude of "that's a SpEd kid, so I don't have to worry about her." We don't want this feeling in our school anymore, as we are currently in Safe Harbor for our Special Education cell and have decided to try ways to supplement instruction. This has caused a lot of growing pains. Gen Ed teachers are resisting taking on differentiating instruction, trying to include students in instruction when they come back from resource, and differentiating homework. They continue to see these students as a SpEd responsibility. My questions are: Does your resource room supplant or supplement content area instruction? What do you like and/or dislike about your current model? What do the Gen Ed teachers expect of you - the SpEd teacher? Do you provide grades, progress reports or something else? Are the students at your school considered SpEd or GenEd responsibility or both?

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