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[teacherartexchange] thoughts about a SPED art class


Date: Thu Mar 01 2007 - 07:12:59 PST

My middle school has a high population of SPED students, many of which are
very low level, or have profound disabilities. We've already developed a
specialized PE class where students with severe disabilities are partnered
with regular ed students to play games and exercise - it's been a
wonderful success.

I've had students with severe disabilities mixed into my regular art
classes the past 2 years, and I often feel like they get neglected. Yes,
they have aides with them - and yes, I work with them individually as much
as I can, but it's extremely hard with 25 regular ed students in the room
who also need attention and help.

I've been approached by one of the SPED teachers about developing an art
class similar to the PE class they have - where the severely impaired kids
get partnered with regular ed students to help them. I often do that in
my the art classes they're in now, and while the "regular" kids are
usually great helpers, they enrolled in the class expecting to be able to
do their own individual art, and sometimes they just want to do their own
work (totally understandable). I was thinking that it would be a great
idea to have a class specifically set aside - where the regular ed kids
know going into it that the focus will be on helping the SPED kids.

Any thoughts? I'd like to be able to present the idea to admin in the
very near future.

Heather Hayes
Visual Art
Ridgeview Middle School

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