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<<What do you think of the practice of mainstreaming kids into my art
class "so that they can have interaction with their peers"? However,
there is no way they can do the project that the class is doing, due to
different stages of development. Of course, no aide is sent ("they need
a break too!") The children are frustrated, I am frustrated. The
teachers tell me I should "adapt" the lesson. HELP!>>
A couple things that work for me in this situation:
1 - I have the student with the most severe special needs sit closest to me
as I teach. That way I can demonstrate steps to the project on this
student's work, which is a nice bridge between teaching the whole class and
also assisting the individual student.
2 - If the student's needs are less severe, I like to buddy them up with a
typical peer and they work as a team on the project -- either 1 combined
work, or they "help each other" complete 2 projects -- without fail, both
students realize the fun and extra effort involved.
You expressed the opinion that "there is no way they can do the project that
the class is doing" -- actually, there may be several ways to improvise
and/or modify! Sometimes it is more work for the teacher, sometimes not --
but I find that it is ALWAYS rewarding to make art work for ALL the kids.
Best wishes to you!