I am a special education inclusion teacher in my 28th year of teaching. This year my position changed from teaching just 2nd grade inclusion to teaching Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd. The students I teach attend a high poverty, inner-city school. My students are awesome! This group is a very energetic group. They love to try new things and are very inquisitive about new things they are learning about. We have a variety of disabilities this year, which include: Specific Learning Disability, Developmental Delay, Orthopedic Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, Speech Impairment, and Autism.
I love being an inclusion teacher!
Not only do I get to work with some great kids, both with and without special needs, but I also co-teach with three awesome regular division teachers!
My day is extremely busy. Due to a shortage of special education teachers within our district, one teacher at my school had to be moved to another building. This is why I am now assigned to 3 grade levels. My day consists of both push in (inclusion) and small group pull out. I have put a lot of effort into finding motivating lessons and activities that can be used in every classroom I teach in!
As an inclusion teacher, I make a lot of my own materials to help my students learn to read. Countless hours are spent running supplemental materials to fit each of my students needs. I purchase a lot of my own products from Teachers Pay Teachers. I take these awesome resources and run them on card stock. To make them last, I purchased my own laminator and laminating sheets. Everything is laminated and fastened together with binder clips. I keep things in containers with drawers that are labeled with the skill. This makes it easy to find exactly what a student needs to practice. I need a little help with purchasing the card stock. I have bought many reams myself this year, but the expense has been a hardship.
All materials I make are organized and made available to all the teachers I work with to use with students who need more support with learning to read!!
My students are provided with learning materials that fit their individual needs. They are able to use the materials to work with the teacher, a friend, or a small group. I have purchased additional units for next year for the students who are struggling with phonetic skills. Not only will my students work on reading words, but also sentences. The phonic reading sets from Lakeshore will help them with this! The materials can be checked out and taken home to practice. Allowing students to take the materials home has been wonderful. All of my students take super good care of the things they take home. Their parents love to have access to the resources and to help their children. I love being able to add to my resources and plan to prepare everything over summer break!!
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