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We were left out of all the team planning. The music teacher the IMC
director and I all decided to team plan ourselves and we collaborated
together. We had to beg for a special ed representative to join us
once a week to collaborate with us. We wanted to learn the same
methods that the others were learning to meet the needs of the
children with special needs at their meetings. After all, we teach
all the children in the school! The speceial ed teachers would not
schedule a time for us, instead they left it up to us to figure out a
way to do it. If we could figure out a way then they would join us.
They of course planned the whole thing for the classroom teachers.
I don't think this team planning works for the gifted population
either. Since it began the schedule of the teachers has been less
flexible and this does not allow for creative acceleration or other
methods that usually work with the gifted children.
And the classroom teachers themselves feel this team planning time is
pretty much a waste of time for them and they would rather be in their
classroom getting ready for their day.