Angela

When I first started teaching I was called an “Inclusion Teacher”… All of my students had a homeroom, checked in there to drop off their things than came into my room to check in with me. Giving me their communication notebooks or any paperwork I needed from home. They then returned back to their classroom. I provided direct instruction with the general education teacher, team teaching all academic areas. I modified tests, quizzes, assignments, for the student’s who were behind their peers academically or if they needed the material to be shortened or a read-aloud of the material if needed. This type of teaching, required more collaboration with the general education teachers but the students were part of the team, classroom and part of the building. The student’s that required small groups for Reading and Math, were done in a self-contained setting. We provided a “safe place” for the student’s that needed a break, we had a sensory room, along with sensory diets for all kids that required them.

Is Inclusion the end all to be all? No, but it is how life is, we can not isolate a set of people, just because it’s cheaper to put 1 teacher and 1 paraprofessional in a classroom with 10 student’s that come and go or that stays all day, isn’t that answer either. We need a mix, that is why we have Individual Education Plans, Individual for each student, not One Size Fits All….

 

Just a thought…..

March 3, 2016

Inclusion: To Be or Not To Be

When I first started teaching I was called an “Inclusion Teacher”… All of my students had a homeroom, checked in there to drop off their things than came into my room to check in with me. Giving me their communication notebooks or any paperwork I needed from home. They then returned back to their classroom. I […]
January 12, 2016

Why Should You Hire a Special Education Advocate?

There are many reasons why a parent should hire an advocate for their child/children’s educational needs. Here are my top 4 reason why a parent should strongly consider hiring an advocate. You hear, “We cannot do that”. Writing/Interpreting Goals Your child is not making meaningful progress You Don’t Agree Always be sure to keep copies of […]
December 3, 2015

Legos, Legos and More Legos!

Do you have a little budding builder or a child that would like the opportunity to socialize with other children? Well, we might have the perfect group for him or her! Our Lego Group meets every Tuesday from 11 am to 12:30 pm and some selected Saturdays! The cost is only $5.00 per child. We are […]
December 3, 2015

Come One, Come All for Family Support Group!

It has been a little over a year now that we have been hosting Family Support groups here at Casper Minds! It’s a free service and it is a great opportunity for you to connect with other parents/grandparents/guardians who are sharing the same journey! Our group meets every second Thursday of the month from 11 am […]