Hello everyone,

Please list your work altogether under the correct categories. Then, make your comments under discussion points using a new bullet for every point. You don't have to sign your name to anything if you don't want to because the end result will be collaborative. Click on Edit in upper right hand corner to add, delete, etc. Then click save when you are done. Our total concerns should equal 15. This part should be done by Wednesday so that we can divide the list and create a powerpoint presentation with 10-15 slides that could be given at a teacher in-service to help alleviate teachers' concerns about including students with disabilities in their classrooms. Emphasize the benefits of having these students in the classroom. Support your position with research and be sure to include speaker's notes, detailing what would be said if actually giving the presentation. (Note* As we claim concerns Wednesday, we need to put asterisks so that everyone else knows they are taken).

Please list your concerns a teacher might have about inclusion of students with disabilities in the classroom below.

  1. teacher education of disabilities. I think this is one concern of teachers having inclusion students is that they may not feel prepared to assist the student because they do not know much about their disability (Sarah).
  2. Teachers have concerns with inclusion as it all too frequently is being implemented, leaves classroom teachers without the resources, training, and other supports necessary to teach students with disabilities in their classrooms.(Donna)
  3. Another concern is that disabled children are not getting appropriate, specialized attention and care. (Donna)
  4. Teachers show concern due to the regular students' education is disrupted constantly. (Donna)
  5. Inclusion does not make sense in light of pressures from state legislatures and the public at large to develop higher academic standards and to improve the academic achievement of students.(Donna)
  6. There are communication barriors for disabled students within regular classrooms (blind, deaf, mute)(Angie)
  7. There may be a lack of family support that further alienates the student (Angie)
  8. The student may be overly sheltered/spoiled - as with dyadic relationships between mother and disabled child.(Angie)
  9. Lack of teacher training and resources.(Angie)
  10. The student will not be getting the specialized attention and care needed.(Angie)
  11. Excessive disruption (Angie)
  12. Teacher pressure of higher academic standards is intensified with inclusion. (Angie)
  13. More time and energy has to be directed to a few, decreasing the amount of time spent on the majority.(Angie)
  14. Children with disabilities may cause siblings without disabilities to develop behavior issues because of jealousy.(Sarah)
  15. Not being aware of laws (Sarah)
  16. What to do in an IEP (Sarah)
  17. Types of accommodations (Sarah)
  18. What will have to be done in order to prepare for the child with disabilities (Sarah)
  19. What types of assessment modifications may need to be made (Sarah)
  20. Mainstreaming students with learning and behavioral difficulties (Tricia)
  21. Assessing the students’ fairly (Tricia)
  22. Time Constraints (juggling time for academics fairly for them) (Tricia)
  23. Social Issues (Tricia) ~ Working well with the parents to make sure the students have a support system, both at home and at school.
  24. Making sure students’ are being accepted fairly by all in the school, including classmate (Tricia)
  25. Acquiring more training (such as workshops) to help students’ excel (Tricia)
  26. Funding to provide services for special needs students’ (Tricia)
  27. Getting more time to communicate and collaborate with the special education teacher to best benefit the student (Tricia)
  28. Being unprepared to help the students with their appropriate need (Tricia)
  29. Aligning state standards with the students’ IEP goals and modifications (Tricia)
  30. Ways to address and deal with negativity in the classroom, or anywhere in the school (emotionally, socially, or academically) (Tricia)

Please list the benefits that could be said about inclusion of students with disabilities in the classroom.

  1. inclusion increases teacher colloboration so that all teachers work together which would create less stress on any one teacher since they are working together (Sarah).
  2. Increased social relationships and opportunities for interaction (Angie)
  3. greater access to general curriculum (Angie)
  4. increased inclusion within the school community (Angie)
  5. more social/communication experiences to prepare for future (Angie)
  6. friendships (Angie)
  7. peer role models for academic, social, and behavior skills (Angie)
  8. increased achievement of IEP goals (Angie)
  9. higher expectations (Angie)
  10. Allows students to be and become more independent. Inclusion is in a way a test to get the student to be more independent and for the parents and teachers to see how much the child can do on their own (Sarah)
  11. Helps students to gain skills they need to become more independent (Sarah)
  12. Enables students with disabilities to be around students without disabilities, allowing them to pick up on some of their positive behaviors (Sarah)
  13. Regular classroom tasks are modified to fit their needs so they can accomplish these.(Sarah)
  14. Student receives multiple types of instruction from different teachers as well as an aid in the class (at times depending on the child and disability) (Sarah)
  15. Student with disability may benefit from peer tutoring or assistance (Sarah)
  16. Students without disabilities will be exposed to students with disabilities making them aware of the disabilities and teaching them how to assist disabled students (Sarah)
  17. Setting up a healthy, positive classroom environment (Tricia)
  18. Setting goals for the students specific needs (Tricia)
  19. Having teachers more confident and knowledgeable, will have their students more comfortable and ready to learn (Tricia)
  20. Having teachers properly trained on different disabilities; such as Autism, etc. (Tricia)
  21. Collaboration among ALL (teachers, parents, students, administration, social worker, and guidance counselor) to help the student succeed (Tricia)

http://www.kidstogether.org/inclusion/benefitsofinclusion.htm (Angie)

Discussion points about our lists:

a. What might be the reasons for the similarities and differences?
  • The CLC members' level of experience or exposure to public classrooms (Angie).

b. Are there any themes?
  • Concerns - Teachers mostly feel unprepared and limited on the extra time needed for disruption and extra instruction for students with disabilities within general classrooms when higher academic standards are demanded for all (Angie).
  • Benefits - Higher expectations, independence, socialization, positive example from peers (Angie)

c. How might teachers alleviate their concerns about inclusion of students with disabilities in the classroom?
  • Collaborate with other teachers, parents, specialists
  • Become knowledgeable about specific disabilities faced
  • take time to know the student
  • find strengths and weakness, as well as learning styles and interests
  • team teach
  • educate/prepare general students of expectations, tolerance, tutoring, assistance so that they may be understanding/considerate/helpful
  • Attend workshops
  • Be prepared

Possible slide topic ideas

  1. cooperative planning (Tricia)
  2. include parent knowledge of student's strengths and weaknesses/parent support* (Angie)
  3. plan for necessary resource
  4. ongoing staff development to develop skills needed* (Angie)
  5. constantly monitor and evaluate
  6. provide continuous/quality feedback
  7. team teaching (Tricia)
  8. Be familiar with the IEP* (Angie)
  9. providing diversity to satisfy multiple learning styles (Tricia)
  10. break down learning into small steps
  11. use visual aids along with verbal instruction (Tricia)
  12. model
  13. provide ample practice time
  14. engage students in thought process
  15. focus activities on individual assessment
  16. teacher educaton of disabilities* (Sarah)
  17. Laws- IDEA* (Sarah) / (Tricia)
  18. Accommodation examples* (Sarah)

help alleviate teachers' concerns about including students with disabilities in their classrooms. Emphasize the benefits of having these students in the classroom.

Our expectations are 10-15 slide PowerPoint presentation design is relevant, comprehensively addresses all of the following elements" compares and contrasts the benefits and concerns of inclusion. i.e., notes similarities, differences, and themes, references training programs for regular education teachers, supports findings with research.

Please have powerpoint slides done and submitted by early Saturday so that whoever puts it together has enough time to finish in time for us all to have a chance to look it over and edit. This is the only part left to be claimed.