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I can honestly say that most early experience were not been pleasant
ones. I too, was used as a dumping ground for any student that no
one else wanted or could handle. Most of the "dumped' students could
not follow simple directions. When you have to give directions over
and over and over again to a few, your regular students get left to
fend for themselves. I've never seen an aide of any kind come with
the special students. I do not have a degree in special education
and did not choose to teach special education.
The last ten years or so have been much better. The resourse
teachers (special ed.) involve me in writing IEP's for the students
that are placed in my classes. Together, we decide if my class is
right for a particular student and make necessary adjustments to my
curriculum to suit the needs of the student.
My advise is to talk to the resource teachers and work together. If
you feel a particular student cannot function in your class, let it
be know. Re-enforce with valid reason.