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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Robert Sheffey
Sun, 1 Jun 1997 10:47:34 -0600 (MDT)
I taught art in high school and had students with disabilities and
special ed students in the regular classroom. I had a good working
relationship with the special ed teachers and when we had tests or written
work, I let them take theirs to the special ed classroom (if they wanted to,
some didn't) and work there with the help of their teacher. This seemed to
work well. The students were accepted well by their peers and everyone
helped each other.
One student with severe physical disabilities took art for four
years. Although he did not have the motor control needed for "technique" in
many cases, he enjoyed the "process" and the class enjoyed his style of art
which was very primative but creative and exciting. He was one of my best
An art teacher I know had a blind student in her classroom, as well
as deaf students. I think it can be a good experience for the class as a
whole as you talk to them about disabilities. It can make the class more
tolerant of differences and alleviate some of their fears too.
Good luck with your teaching experience. Teresa Sheffey.