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  •  Every child can master (20+ / 0-)

    My wife was a teacher for many years some as special ed, some early grades. Back in the late seventies she taught  first grade in a parochial school here in DC.
    All of her children could read when they left her class
    This was considered so exceptional that a then newly appointed Bishop on a visit to the school stopped in to see her. He asked how she had such success and she said "because I know they can all learn to read"

    •  self-fulfilling expectations (7+ / 0-)

      if teachers indicate to students they do not think student can be successful, it will be the rare - and stubborn "I'll show you" kind of student - who will.

      Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

      by teacherken on Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 06:50:36 AM PDT

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    •  here's the flip side in my school (1+ / 0-)
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      Our special education reading teachers present a prepackaged scripted fill and drill reading program.  There is a preplanned calendar, frequent testing, and almost no deviation from the program.
      Administrators repeat how successful and validated this program is.  However, it was designed for elementary and middle school students who cannot read. So, imagine how engaging high school students find it to be. (Insert eyeroll here.)
      Forget about individualizing. No matter the learning differences (including students whose tested IQs are in the forties,) or disabilities, all students are expected to succeed because the program says they must.I wish I knew, danmac, as your wife did, they could all learn to read.

      I am thankful I teach inclusion math and science.

      •  Well I don't know the answer but (0+ / 0-)

        My wife takes the kids through all the early childhood developmental steps before even beginning to teach the letters. When teaching in  a DC public school she was criticized and written up by a supposed expert for not following the prescribed rules and beginning reading the first day. She had a strong principal who told the administration that since this was her fourth set of children and all were still reading in the following grades the principal would not ask her to change anything.

        •  my kids are in special education programs (0+ / 0-)

          on paper that means two years below grade level.
          In reality that sometimes means TEN years below grade level, and forgive me for shouting.
          School districts keep these kids in public schools and immerse them in GE classes - to do otherwise would incur great expense to the school district.  And my school district is already sending twenty million dollars to 'poorer' school districts.
          Strong principals. Heh. Don't get me started. :)

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