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Old 11-02-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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Hi, Iím a GenEd 3rd grade teacher who has an inclusion class with push-in support. I have a mix of both academic and behavioral/emotional IEPs. I hoping for some guidance.

My CST team has asked the staff what types of PDs we would like specific to SPED. My mind is blank & Iím just drained.

What would you recommend? What would you find helpful to support GenEd teachers?

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When I had to lead a PD, I did it about the disabilities that students can qualify under. It was a brief overview of each and some strategies for working with those students. I got some good positive feedback. If you think that might be helpful, you could suggest that.
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Thank you, eeza
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You're welcome! I hope you find something that is useful.
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Since you have push-in I would look into some training on what co-teaching should look like. IME, districts always train the sped teachers in it but not the gen ed teachers, which is a recipe for disaster because then half of the co-teaching "equation" doesn't understand the expectations.

We had some training from Anne Benninghoff. She goes way beyond the basic "six types of co-teaching" that you may have seen. She also has some really good ideas for just student engagement in general and how to make things more multisensory. I only do pull out (the co-teaching was a pie in the sky district idea), but I actually use tons of stuff I learned from her training in my classes. I also liked that a lot of her ideas were low prep/something you could start doing right away.

Beyond that, I think scaffolding the general education curriculum is always a good idea. I know a lot of even my mild/moderate kids can't really access much of what is being taught in the gen ed rooms.

You could also consider how to run a small group (for things like small group reading in gen ed) more like an intervention and less like generic "guided reading." We've done some training on this at my school and I feel like it's been really helpful for our struggling students. Previously teachers were just going through really low level guided reading books and now they're doing more specific phonics and sight word work during that time.

Of course you know the needs of your staff best- these are just some things that I see at my school.


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Those are all great ideas, thank you!

Iíve always loved co-teaching, but I think Iím in the minority. Iíve been lucky to always have fantastic partners. I also like the idea of more targeted small groups.

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I agree that coteaching training for gen ed is very important if your school has push in!!
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Share with the staff what the accommodations for students can look like in the classroom. Most teachers aren't sure how to implement these in a way that is beneficial for the student, yet easier on them too. Explain differences between acommodations and modifications.

Also explain what it looks like in their room when a special educator pushes in or does co-teaching/inclusion. Who can you work with and how can you help them?

Reassure them that they are the content specialist and you are the person that will make all content accessible to all students, but you do focus on students with IEP. It just has helped my colleagues to know that we really are on the same side and I'm there to support them and take some of the work off of them.
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All great ideas, thanks!
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