Ms. Little and Mrs. Gilstrap are co-teaching World History and US 1 using the Inclusion model. Eastside High School has moved to an inclusion model for many of its classes. This simply means that there are special education students learning alongside their peers. These classrooms has one general education teacher and one special education teacher in the classroom to help all students.
Benefits of Inclusion
· Inclusion improves learning for both classified and non-classified students. When youngsters who have learning problems are included, students without disabilities often do better academically. A teacher is more apt to break instruction into finer parts or repeat directions if he or she has a youngster in the room who deals with deafness, blindness, or a developmental disability.
· Children learn to accept individual differences. The best way to help children overcome their misconceptions about kids who have disabilities is to bring them together in integrated settings.
· Children develop new friendships. Children with disabilities who are included in regular education develop friendships in their home communities. Special education students sent to regional special education programs may become oddballs in their communities.
· Parent participation improves. When children with disabilities are integrated into local schools, parents have more opportunity to participate in that school and in the community where the school is located.
· It's a matter of civil rights. Students with disabilities have a legal right to attend regular classes and receive an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.
Both teachers can be reached after school in room 104 for extra help or to pick up missing work.