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Krista DeSpain EDUC530
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I have worked for many years in business. I had been a substitute teacher for about a year. This is where I fell in love with teaching, especially Special Education. I noticed that first and foremost those teachers who were the most experienced, as well as organized, did not have the sense of overwhelming that the other teachers had. I observed the more tenorred teachers relaxed and focused and comfortable with what they were doing. It was the newer teachers that had the issues.
I think that, if trained properly, it is very reasonable to expect them to provide for the needs of children with disabilities. The education system to becoming a teacher has a lot to offer in terms of the right classes to further our knowledge about children with disabilities. New and upcoming teachers need to be taught of the changes and the chances of having multiple children with disabilities in their classes. I do however think that there is a gray area in this matter. Can we really expect a regular teacher to take on 3-4 children with different disabilities? I do not think this is fair to the other students. I believe that a person going into teaching in a regular setting is not prepared to take on such a responsibility. It is not fair to them or the other students. I believe 1-2 students, and depending on their disability, is fair and equitable amount for a regular teacher to take on. As a teacher it our job to educate children, and no matter what the dynamic of the class you should maintain this attitude and not have a problem with it.

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