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…..