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Aleida Murcia
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I consider that it is reasonable to expect teachers,paraprofessionals, and school staff to provide for the needs of a child with disabilities.Each child with or without disabilities has the right to receive the best servicesthat accommodate  their needs. It is very challenging for teachers to provide accommodationsthat meet the needs of tall heir specials needs students because it requires moretime and more effort from their part. However, they could start for makingsmall changes in their classrooms set up, taking advantage of all paraprofessionalworking in the same classroom, as well as  electronic devices and classroomsmaterials. Teachers could also accommodate lecture time, test, and homework assignments.For example, teachers could modify test formats for children who have difficultyreading or focusing. They also could modify classrooms and homework assignmentsallowing students extra time to complete them. In addition, teachers could setup a new discipline system that also responds to the special needs studentschallenging behaviors. They could apply the principles of operant conditioning toreward students’ positive behaviors and academic achievements. Instead ofpunishing negative behaviors, teachers should focus on rewarding students prosocialbehaviors. Demanding all this work, effort, and time from teachers could bevery overwhelming for them; therefore, appropriate training it is detrimentalso teachers know how to respond effectively to their students’ needs. Federaland state policies regarding funding should invest more in teachers’ educationso they could serve better their students. Finally, teachers should also have agood communication with parents so they can work as a team.

Cynthia Martin
Reply with quote  #77 

Yes, it is reasonable to expect a regular education teacher to provide for the needs of a child with disabilities in their classroom.  I know a regular education teacher has a lot of things to do in their classroom.  But if the child with disabilities is in their classroom they should get the same attention as they would give any other student.  Usually, if a child with disabilities is in a regular classroom, the teacher will work closely with the special education teacher on campus.  Also, an assistant may be assigned to come and assist the child in the classroom for a certain amount of time.  This is beneficial to the student and also the teacher.  Many teachers look forward to when extra help is sent to assist the special needs student.  There are situations that no help is sent to assist the student and the responsibility will be on the regular education teacher.  In this case I can imagine how difficult it would be for the regular education teacher but it's only fair that they are given the same attention as a student without disabilities. 

Brianne Betts
Reply with quote  #78 

It is reasonable to expect teachers in regular classrooms to provide for the needs of children with disabilities in their rooms.  They should be able to teach and work with all students.  Other professionals are available to assist teachers and collaborate with them.  Teachers can take advantage of the specialized equipment and services that are available to them.  There are obviously modifications that will need to be made when dealing with children with special needs.  This does provide an added challenge for teachers that are used to working with students that aren't disabled.  They may need to spend extra time coming up with the best ways to reach disabled students to help them reach their full potential.  It is important for these teachers to realize that they are not alone.  There are so many people that they can consult with and get support from.  I think it is important that general education teachers are provided with valuable background information on the disabled students that enter their classrooms.  It is not reasonable to expect them to start from scratch.  Knowing what has and has not worked for the child in the past is a good place to start.  The teacher will at least have something to go on which will help with the added demands being placed on them.  Getting the parents of the disabled children involved is another way to gain support and take some of the added stress off the general education teacher.  Providing accommodations for disabled students takes some extra planning and attention.  It is reasonable for teachers to provide this and any other additional support for disabled students as long as others are present to assist and support the teacher.

Jeanette Savell
Reply with quote  #79 

To be honest I believe it is extremely reasonable to expect them to provide for the needs of the child with disabilities. Every student learns in a different way, therefore the teacher should be adapting her lessons to every child’s need, why would a special needs child be any different? I believe that special needs should be taught in the normal classroom not a special one, this is because they need to learn on how to interact with children their age and how a functional classroom is ran and how to deal with different personalities just as normal students do. This applies for the teachers as well. The teachers must constantly adapt themselves to their environment; they must learn how to deal with a special needs student so that in the future they know how to deal with each other one in their own way. I understand that some special need cases require a lot of attention and have other issues, I believe that is when the main teacher should embrace the collaborative learning model. That way it alleviates some of the stress off of the main teacher because they have another teacher in the room with them helping the special needs kids as well as normal students who are behind.  

Holly Ostroske
Reply with quote  #80 

It is hard to have a clear cut answer to this question and I can see the argument from both sides. As the parent of a child with special needs, of course I believe that it is reasonable to expect classroom teachers to provide for the needs of a child with disabilities in their classroom. However, as a teacher and educator, I know how hard it truly can be to provide for these needs, while continuing to meet the needs of the other 30+ students in the room. Today’s classroom teachers are required to deal with a lot more then teachers of years past. Many jobs that were spread out among the music teacher, art teacher, PE teacher and computer lab teacher, now (due to all the budget cuts) all fall upon the classroom teacher. That in addition to the added pressure of state testing performance scores and growing classroom sizes and it is easy to see how many teachers can feel overwhelmed by their current duties.  I think that in order to expect a regular classroom teacher to provide for a special needs child in their classroom, we have to make sure that the teacher is being provided the necessary support and training to deal with the student’s specific needs. The classroom teacher needs to know that the school’s special education department is there to provide support and to help when challenges arise. If the classroom teacher is provided with ongoing support and if there is true collaboration between the classroom teacher, the special education department, and the parents of the child, then yes, I do believe it is reasonable to expect classroom teachers to provide for the needs of a child with disabilities in their classroom.

Rioni Lewis
Reply with quote  #81 

I do not believe that is it to much to ask of teachers to have special education kids in their classroom. First and foremost we must begin to teach our special education children how to interact with non-handicap kids and we must teach our non-handicap kids how to interact with special education children. We have to get rid of this stigma attached to our special need kids because in the end they deserve the same education as our non-handicap kids do. If our teachers implement the collaborative model into their classrooms it will make the transitions somewhat easier. I do understand that there are exceptions to the rule, however with the collaborative model in place, those exceptions will not be able to be used as excuses. Our teachers adapt their teaching style for each child, they should be explaining things in as many different ways as they can every child in that class can attempt to learn it. This means that they are adapting their teaching styles to the respective learning style, why would it be ay different with the special education kids? Yes they make a little longer to grasp the lesson then the average student, but the more you work with them the more they will be able to grasp it. This will become even easier if the collaborative model is implemented because that means other students in the class that are a little behind can also get extra help by being grouped with the special education kids. 

Breanna Hunt
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I believe that regular classroom teachers are overwhelmed now and that adding a child with disabilities in their classroom could be unreasonable or reasonable, depending on the circumstance. If a child needs to be mainstreamed for a certain subject or for a bit to get social interactions I feel that a teacher should be able to incorporate them. For one, if a child in special education is at a point where they can be mainstreamed the regular classroom teacher should have little trouble with them. Also, if a child simply needs to be in a classroom for awhile to get social interactions the teacher isn’t really responsible for the subject matter with that child and it would be set up for that child to be there during an appropriate time. In these instances I feel that a regular classroom teacher could reasonably be expected to deal with the students with disabilities.

On the other hand, there are some students with disabilities who I do not believe regular classroom teachers should be expected to deal with. There are some students who are not able to control their tempers, tantrums, echolalia, and behaviors. When a teacher has 30 to 35 other students I do not believe that they should be expected to deal with this while trying to teach this child along with the others. It also would not be fair to the other children if the teacher was forced to focus extra attention to this child. In these instances it would not be reasonable to expect teacher to deal with students with disabilities. It really just depends on the circumstance.

Benita Vazquez
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Ithink that regular classroom teachers should not feel overwhelmed to providefor the needs of students with disabilities in their classroom .Althoughevery learning disabled student is different and the approach to teach them mayvary according to their disability, the motivation and passion to teach shouldnot be constricted by performance uncertainty.  As our book states, “inclusion refers to theparticipation of students with disabilities alongside their non-disabled peersin academic, extracurricular, and other school activities.”  A regular teacher should know that inclusiondoes not mean that a student should spend every moment in his/her classroom, neitherthat he/she will be the only responsible for the special education student’sachievement. Besides thecollaboration of a Special Education teacher and instructional aids there are alarge amount of supplementary aids, services and materials to use.

 Nowadays, a teacher has to be efficient, andinnovative because of diversity and students ability to learn. I dare to saythat even in the regular classroom a teacher has to try more than one teachingstyle to get students engaged or to master a topic. Therefore, including astudent with disabilities would not change his/her expectations on a student’sacademic performance, but will improve to a certain point the character and qualityof regular students since they will learn to accept and understand others.

Kate Page
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Although by their current duties, it is reasonable to expect them to provide for the needs of a child with disabilities in their classroom.  They must follow federal law, which mandates that the disabled child is placed in the least restrictive environment.  If the least restrictive environment is the regular classroom, they must be prepared to make accommodations for the student and many times collaborate with a special education teacher.  The amount of additional time the student with the disability takes the more reasonable the situation may be.  It also depends on the teacher’s experience and training with the particular disability.

 

It is important that the regular education teacher be supported in their task of providing needs for the disabled child in the classroom.  The general education teacher should work in collaboration with the special education teacher.  If the child needs related services and or supplementary aids and services, the staff assigned for these duties should also collaborate with the regular classroom teacher and assist the regular classroom teacher.  It is important to note that some students have severe disabilities and a regular classroom teacher may not be able to provide an appropriate education in this instance.  Otherwise, for most students with disabilities it is reasonable for a regular classroom teacher to provide their education, either part or full time, in their classroom.  Eventually, it would be ideal if all classroom teachers were educated in how to provide services for students with disabilities.  This would ensure that each regular classroom teacher is fully prepared when and if a student with disabilities enters their classroom.  

Antonio Gutierrez
Reply with quote  #85 

Yes I believe that it is reasonable to expect teachers to be able to provide for the needs of a child with disabilities in their class room.  Teachers have a hard job, I think few would argue with that. It can be very mentally taxing, and at times physically challenging as well. However this is known coming into the job, teachers are required to do many hours of observation and fieldwork before they are certified. All potential teachers have some idea of the challenges they will be facing, and will be given training to deal with those potential challenges. So if someone feels that they will not be able to care for the type of children they know they will be working with then they should not teach and look for something they can do right. Special education teachers are given certain rights under the law which are aimed at giving the teacher the physical and monetary support to do their jobs properly. A special education teacher should be familiar with all of the special education laws to make sure that the school district that he is operating in is doing everything under the law that is available for their students. A special education teacher deals so many different things that their support must be there to function well. Paraprofessionals, teachers aids, nurses, other teachers all must be working together to make sure a consistent course of assistance. And the law provides for all of those parties to assist the special education teacher when needed.

Daniel Rojas
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It is reasonable to expect teachers in a general education classroom to provide adequate instruction for students with disabilities.  Understandably teachers feel overwhelmed with current duties in a general education classroom.  It is reasonable to provide for the needs of a child with disabilities in the classroom.   The funding is available for the teacher to provide appropriate education for the student with a disability.  Teaching students in general education can have its limitation especially with large classrooms.  Fortunately inclusion requires that students have the opportunity to have a general education setting.  Teachers have to fill the stresses of providing appropriate education for students under the No Child Left behind Act.  Nevertheless the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education is part of providing free and appropriate education to all students. Although teachers have been extended in many ways as far as their abilities go they can still provide important education to all students regardless of disabilities. Having the collaboration and various technologies meets the needs of children with disabilities.  This allows for the teacher to provide a quality education.  General educators can have a better understanding of a student with disabilities because of an IEP or a teacher working with him using the collaboration model.  Depending on the severity of a disability a teacher has the resources available under the law.  Nevertheless I understand that some of these resources may not be available at the school the teacher works for.  Inclusion creates social opportunities for a student with disabilities, which is more than adequate education.  The positives outweigh the negatives because a student is receiving the same education that the general education population is serving.

Natalie Mikroulis
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Many regular classroom teachers feel overwhelmed by their current duties. I think it is reasonable to expect them to provide of the needs of a child with disabilities in their classroom. A teacher has a duty to teach every child not just the child's who are easier to teach. All children with disabilities have the right to an education and have the right to be included in a regular education classroom.
I understand that regular classroom teachers have a very overwhelming task of teaching all of their regular students. The testing that is required and the standardized test preparation is stressful to both teachers and regular education students.
I feel that regular teachers should be up to the challenge that inclusion brings to the class. They can adapt their curriculum and they should do it willingly. Taking a few extra hours on adapting the curriculum should be a happy task knowing it will benefit a child Every teacher should embrace inclusion and not be deterred with the extra work that comes with it. 
The students in the regular classroom will benefit from the inclusion of students with special needs. I feel that the teachers should incorporate the experiences as a learning tool for all the children in their class. The teachers will also benefit by having children with special needs in their class. They will be able to learn new adaptive technologies and share some of them with the class. They will have new learning opportunities such as peer tutoring for their students.The teachers need to accept all children in their class. 
Daniel Rojas
Reply with quote  #88 
I agree with Natasha Mikroulis.  Teachers have the ability to adjust to their particular classroom to meet the needs of special education students.  The task is hard, but students can benefit from the general education setting and that is most important.
Esther Sandoval
Reply with quote  #89 

I think it isreasonable to expect regular classroom teachers to provide for the needs of achild with disabilities in their classroom. Teachers get paid to teach andshould not feel “overwhelmed” for doing their jobs. For me I think that is themost ridiculous excuse I have ever heard because if someone is dedicated totheir career or job, they should be able to teach anyone including childrenwith disabilities because they are also there to learn. In the other hand, ifthat teacher also has a lot of children in their classroom, I can imagine howhard it could be to have to deal with so many kids and try to teach them andhaving to have to accommodate everything for the needs of the child withdisabilities. I think a collaboration model would work better for a teacher. I thinkthat a special education teacher knows better of what a child with disabilitiesneeds in a classroom. It is better to have someone that is trained to deal withspecial education kids because they are the experts in what they need to teacha child. This is a hard question to answer because it has its positives andnegative things. In conclusion I think that the best team is for the generaleducation teacher should work in collaboration with the special educationteacher.  If the child needs relatedservices and or supplementary aids and services, the staff assigned for theseduties should also collaborate with the regular classroom teacher and assistthe regular classroom teacher.  It isimportant to note that some students have severe disabilities and a regularclassroom teacher may not be able to provide an appropriate education and stillhave to take care of regular kids.

Violeta Ortega-V.
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I believe it is reasonable for the general education teachers to provide support and accommodations for students who have special needs. This is possible if there is also support and modifications to the school system as well. A general teacher should be require to have some background knowledge or training of students who have disabilities and know ways that he or she is able to provide support. In reality, many general teachers want to be able to help all their students but when he or she does not know how to help them or how to incorporate them into their class it becomes very difficult. Usually there are a few, easy things that a teacher is able to do to accommodate students who have certain disabilities. They can move them closer to the board or use bigger print so students can see better, allow them to use a calculator if they have problem with their multiplication, and many other things. But most important of all is for the teacher to have support from either an instructional assistant or from another teacher. This way teachers feel more comfortable providing more support and instructional to all the students at the same time.

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