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Rdunkelart_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Oct 20 2001 - 14:16:32 PDT


In a message dated 10/20/01 2:42:59 PM Central Daylight Time,
KSchiavo00@aol.com writes:

in regard to teaching perspective and the time it takes to reexplain and
reexplain.
in one class period.

<< we just can't spend
 all of our time "explaining" EVERYTHING to them. Probably one of the
 drawbacks of mainstreaming special needs students. >>

I feel this is so true and I teach elementary - feel they are short changed
because
I can;t give them my undivided attention but if I did then the others -
middle ability
students and gifted would be cheated. I feel very strongly that when special
ed students are in your
class that parapreofessionals should accompany them - maybe a 4 se student to
one para ratio. That way once explained the para can take over and encourage
and help. In our school our paraprofessionals are absolutely wonderful and
very
appreciated! But - they rarely come to specials - because they need their
free time and we are wizards and can do anything - like teach an hour class
in 40 minutes - and give each of the 22 or more kids equal time. Sorry I am
preaching to the choir - just a little bit of angst leftover from the week!

Is there a special day or week set aside for paraprofessionals - if not there
should be.! All Roberta

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