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Lesson Plans

Re: The behaviorally challenged student!

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Sat, 12 Sep 1998 08:17:19 EDT

I agree with Sid. It is time the majority spoke up. Parents need to be
proactive about these issues. I have a class that is ruined with about half of
it being special kids. Most of them could be in a regular class. They just
don't need to be in there in such large numbers. In fact I have and have had
special kids who were not easily identified as special. And I don't know what
the procedure is in the special classes. But their students seem to have this
attitude that they are allowed to do whatever they want including not doing
the classwork. They are the ones who just talk out, run in the room, grab
another student's work and mess with it, laugh and play instead of doing their
work. And these are high school kids I am describing. When they represent half
the class, the class is ruined for that other half of normal kids who want to
Our middle school teacher had four self contained eighth grade students dumped
into his sixth grade class. They demand almost all of his time. They are
ruining that class. He has asked for IEP's, aides, etc., for all of the
special kids in all of his classes. The response has been that he is to create
separate lesson plans for each of those kids, they should have their own place
in the classroom, just ignore their aberrant behavior, etc. But no IEP's or
aides. Now that is inclusion isn't it. Not only that in the middle school the
special teachers just come to the door and tell you that these kids will be in
your class from now on. Guidance doesn't even know they are there. You know
what that does to your numbers. We put a stop to it in the high school. But it
didn't stop them from ruining my fourth block class. I guess that is when most
of the special teachers wanted their "planning period". No problem except that
the job description for self-contained doesn't include a planning period.
Then there is the hassle of those kids not being there on a regular basis
because the special teacher needs to hold them for some reason. So they either
miss instructions when it is given or they start something but aren't there to
finish. Aside from everything else associated with this habit, art materials
are expensive.
Wow this turned out to be a long one. And all I wanted to do was agree with
Sid. But how do we get parents to speak out? It is not worth losing our jobs.
And the special teachers know that.