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RE: mainstreaming special ed into art

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evans (sammel)
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 10:30:47 -0500

I, too, have a similar problem, mainstreaming in any course is effective,
when it is done properly! Several things must happen: the sp. ed. students
needs to be prepared and assisted - under PL 94-145, an aide and assistance
must be made available (not all school districts can fulfill this mandate,
but it is there); also, the students in the regular class can be enlisted
to assist, the parents of the special ed student must be informed! I came
across this when I had a physically handicapped student, 10 at risk
students, 5 special ed students, 12 "regular" students in one class -
unfortunately these students could not get along (they were from
historically antagonistic districts under court mandated integration
policy). This was very frustrating, I went to our principals, sp ed
teachers -- all with the same response "sp ed teachers and assistances need
a break! this is the only time we can schedule the students..." Get the
picture? Since inclusion has become a major part of our education process
in core subject areas - the electives and pe have not been ignored - aides
now come with special ed and resource students as well! The difference
between having an aide and not having one is amazing. Research into
mainstreaming really helped me deal with stress. The aforementioned class
really had to stop producing art. Instead, I used images and art history
(without using that term) to try to solve social dilemmas - the class
became a bit more manageable when that began to happen. Hope I have helped
- the situation can be a bit overwhelming, but it is solvable. good luck,
From: Fields, Linda[]
Sent: Monday, April 12, 1999 9:34 AM
To: 'scurfield'
Cc: ''
Subject: RE: mainstreaming special ed into art

This has been pretty typical practice everywhere I've been. It seems that
many districts do this-mainly in art and pe. I, too, have always found it
strange that these kids are placed in our classes without an assistant,
usually a class larger than they're used to, and oftentimes the art/pe
teacher has no training in special ed. That said-it is possible to adapt
most lessons for these children, and there are many books full of ideas for
doing so. For really severe cases, I would talk to the principal about
having an assistant in your class. Try taking some classes in special ed
(especially if you are required to do in-service training). Perhaps the
resource teachers in your school could teach one, or maybe your district
would provide it for all of you. Try looking at this as a way to prove that
art can help every student in many ways. Showcase the work of your special
kids and brag on them. Soon you will find the resource teachers much more
willing to work with you and you will have validators on your side. It's
easy, it is very frustrating, but you can do it. Maybe this summer you
plan a bunch of simple adapted projects to have on hand for next year-this
might help to alleviate some of your stress. Some of my best art students
have been special ed kids. Best of luck. Linda in NC

> ----------
> From: Scurfield[SMTP:scurfield]
> Reply To: scurfield
> Sent: Thursday, April 08, 1999 11:23 AM
> To:
> Subject: mainstreaming special ed into art
> 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!