Both sides
08202009, 03:10 AM


I've done both sides of inclusion, the gen ed teacher and the inclusion specialist. I recommend asking for a time when you can meet, biweekly, perhaps, to discuss how to work together. If you go in with the attitude, we're a team, we're in this together, how can we help EACH OTHER, then everything goes more smoothly. As the gen ed teacher I have had many professionals come in the room. A lot of them don't plan for the kids, struggle to catch on to what I'm doing and assist, need a lot of direction, etc. and that makes in hard for the gen ed teacher. On the other hand, some gen ed teachers are controlling, or whole group teachers, and don't know what to do with the extra help. Here are some different ways my inclusion teacher and I have come up with for this year:
Double "whole groups"...we're teaching the same thing, but at the same time splitting the class in half so each child gets more attention.
Centers...Say there are four centers, two of them would be teacherled.
Assessment...While I'm teaching, she takes students 1 at a time for individual assessmens that are mandated. Sometimes we switch so she gets to teach the whole gorup and I can to bond 1:1.
Preteaching and reteaching concepts the kids struggle with.
Good luck!
