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1.February 28th, 2018, I observed at Freedom High School. I was in a special education classroom that was for behavioral support. When each student arrives, they are told to put their phones in this basket that the teacher keeps. Eventually the students will get their phones once they have finished doing their work. The room is set up with two ten desks on each side, two per row. Then there is this huge space and the teacher usually will sit kind of in the middle. It was a small group of students most of which were guys.
2.In the room there is this glitter jar, the students can go grab one and use it to calm themselves down. This is an example of UDL. 3.An example of inclusion practices is having the students read the material out loud. 4.There are usually two teachers in the room but the day I observed there were three. Theteaching style was lecture to a small group of students. The students were reading a magazine and answering questions from it. 5.Some of the students weren’t happy that they were learning today one even said, “We usually just sit here, this is going to be rough.” In the classroom, each student must abideby a certain set of rules. They get points and are graded on how they stayed in their area, were on time, used appropriate language, had their ID, were on task, followed directions, and had appropriate interactions. Most of the time the teachers would address sleeping in the class. They would tell the student to pick their head up or take their hood off. The students kind of just sat there, the student I sat next to sort of relied on me for the answers to the questions and asked me what certain words meant and what I thought the answer was. 6.Parents aren’t involved other than IEP meetings or if the student gets in trouble. She would than call the student’s parents and tell them what’s going on. SummaryWhen I was first entered the room, there were at least three teachers in the room, the main teacher, an aid of some sorts and then a teacher that was helping out the main teacher since she was in and out for meetings. The aid was taking the phones from each student and putting it in a basket as they arrived. She said “It’s better this way because they can focus more. We usually give them back halfway through the period or when they are done with their work.” The
teacher who I was supposed to observe, well she was in and out due to meetings. But when shewas done, I noticed how much she really seemed to care about her students. Whenever a student was sleeping or not acting how they would usually act, she would get down to their level and ask them about what’s going on why are they so tired. She was also interested in why Iwas observing and what I plan to do in the future. She also asked me if I observed any other schools and I told her about Willison High School. She proceed to ask me about their special education, which was all on the third floor and most times the kids do not leave that floor