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Inclusion support for art teachers


Date: Thu Mar 14 2002 - 14:27:28 PST

When I taught middle school I had to ask for paras to stay in the
classroom, even one-on-one paras. I was not automatically given an
aide. Paras and Aides used art class to catch up on their other work
until I made a clear request for help. Majors had two teachers plus
parasin the inclusion classrooms. Is anyone else finding that the
majors in their schools have support with additional staff for
inclusion classes and that art doesn't?

If art does not, has anyone heard that art is considered therapeutic
for the students. Are students being "dumped" in classes without art
teachers getting additional education about the kinds and degrees of
needs these students have? AND what sorts of classes do art teachers
need to take to handle these new responsibilities - beyond the
mandated special ed classes pre-service.

Just so you know, I am pro-inclusion, but I think there needs to be
sufficient support so that it is successful for everyone.

Thanks, Jane in Brooklyn