ESPE 530/ Stanley L. Swartz Ph.D.
Discussion question 1
1. Many regular classroom teachers feel overwhelmed by their current duties. It is reasonable to expect them to provide for the needs of a child with disabilities in their classroom?
I understand that teachers have a lot to deal with-in their classrooms and might feel overwhelmed by their current duties but at the same time I do believe that general education teachers should provide for the needs of children with disabilities. We must provide accommodations and modifications to instruction so that we are able to meet their certain needs and learning styles. I believe that no matter what the level of the student we must teach students to reach their learning potential. Some say that it is almost impossible in the real world and it is a lot harder when you have overcrowded classrooms. As educators you must adapt to the abilities of your students being general education or special education. Teachers should take a positive approach in helping students with disabilities. This also does not go without saying that these same teachers should have resources to reach out to. You need to have resource teachers supporting the instruction from general education classes so students can access the general education curriculum. Teachers also need to be more willing to work with special education personnel in modifying and accommodating our special education students. I do not think general education teachers have a strong enough understanding of special education student’s needs and that is why they shy away from it or just do not want to deal with it. These teachers should have access to methods that can be incorporated into their everyday lesson plan that includes every student.