I had about 4-5 mainstreamed children in every 3-4-5th grade that I taught.
If I sound unfeeling, I am certainly the opposite but with 8 classes/day,
(5-day rotation schedule)15 minute planning time backed to 30 minute lunch
and back to back classes, having mainstreamed special ed mixed in was very
difficult and it seemed to me that nobody but me cared! The special ed
teacher was very protective, as she should be, but to ask what her kids were
going to be doing when depositing her children so she could go break for 50
minutes got under my skin!!!! I believe she expected us to have IEP's for
each child........IMPOSSIBLE.....something has got to give so that the
increased students in art classes not to mention varied skill abilities can
be understood by all involved. I agree that the regular ed students suffer
and perhaps their parents are the ones to approach. (that is if you don't
fear losing your job) It's a CATCH-22 for sure..........I'm sure if "waves"
are created then we, the art teacher, fears our position, scheduling, or
extra duties the following year..........it is certainly not right!