#37 Let Go or be Dragged

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#37 Let Go or be Dragged

The people who make decisions to cut school funding are rarely in a position to use those school funds. They do not often seem to realize the consequences as a result of the lack of funding.

I firmly believe the students in special education can be taught to achieve or exceed school expectations depending on the competence of the Special Education Team. Taking away funding for special education substantially reduces the opportunities for these students to engage with the curriculum. Think about it. Before those funds were removed, what were they used for? I can harbor a guess. Paraprofessionals  were hired to help special education students in various classes. Taking away these funds puts special education students clambered into fewer classes.

And just when the teacher is about to teach the lesson, a paraprofessional will quietly interrupt to ask what the regular education teacher has planned for the special education students. Seriously? The special educational teacher is supposed to have organized lessons for special education students.  When funds are stretched too thin, only so many lessons can be planned, and some students do not benefit as they should.

It is advisable for the classroom teacher to make extra copies of papers used with the class. Each student should have their own folder. The classroom teacher looks through the folder and chooses the concept that most clearly represents objectives being taught. Using a yellow marker, the classroom teacher marks the work she wants the special ed students to work on. All students can learn. The more experience a teacher has, the more ideas she can come up with to show various methods of demonstrating concepts.

Putting students into groups for a short time is desirable, as long as an adult is available to guide them. It is always a great decision to have students explain what they are working on, and having everyone in the group take a turn about their idea or what they learned.