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•This is not only a problem for Brywood Elementary, but for several other schools in the district as well•Almost all the schools in the Irvine district have parks next to the schools and no fences.Due to the high maladaptive behaviors in class, does progress in your curriculum seem slow?•Progress can seem slow at time but not necessarily because of the problem behaviors. Several students in the class have a difficult time attending due to their diagnosis.•The lack of attending combined with the occasional classroom evacuation sets the pace for the Special Day Class (SDC) much slower than mainstream classes.
Is parent communication an important part of teaching a special education class?▪Mainstream teachers are not typically expected to communicate daily or weekly; however, since several students have a difficult time communicating it is expected that special education teachers reach out more frequently. ▪The parents tend to initiate contact due to special requests they may have.Do you feel that there are more demands placed on you since you are a special education teacher?▪Parents have a valid reason to place more demands due to the needs and circumstances of their child. ▪Many of the students have specific diets, routines, and ways of communicating that need to be followed unlike undiagnosed students. ▪Based on the class size compared to mainstream classes Ms. Eady believes that the demands placed on her and other teachers are balanced.Are the demands placed reasonable for you to achieve?▪The more unreasonable or unrealistic demands are placed, the harder they are to achieve. ▪Most parents and staff understand that a single child’s needs cannot be placed beforeothersconstantly.▪However, parents are typically the more demanding of the two and sometimes expect the teacher’s attention to be solely on their child.
QUESTIONSNot only does school staff have busy schedules, but so do your students. Since they are receiving speech therapy, occupational therapy, and other services, do you feel that the time taken away from instruction is worth it?▪The students who have pull-outs for speech and occupational therapy tend to be the students who truly need those services. The parents of many of the students simply want their child to be as independent as possible, therefore the importance of the services is understandable. ▪The skills that the students learn in occupational and speech therapy help them not only in class, but at home as well.
What is one way that you would help your students by making a change in any policy?▪It is difficult to obtain an aid for a student at times. Several observations need to occur from the district BCBA, school psychologist, and other staff. If an IEP meeting is scheduled too far in the year it can be difficult to schedule a meeting.