I Am A Special Education Essay

1187 Words Nov 5th, 2014 null Page
After watching Including Samuel my original beliefs on inclusion and least restrictive environment were swayed. I am a Special Education major, and tutoring in an MMD classroom ultimately led me down the path of special education. Because separate is all I really knew, I thought that it was the best option for exceptional children. I assumed the one on one and endless resources of a special ed room would outweigh the social benefits of a traditional classroom. The video made me think otherwise for some students. I think if inclusion is done correctly it could diminish the unnecessary barrier drawn between traditional and exceptional children at the elementary level. However, for inclusion to work I feel that general ed teachers should be highly trained and willing to work with students with disabilities. I think inclusion could have many benefits if it is done in an organized manner in collaboration with special education teachers and other available resources. Samuel found his place in the traditional classroom and learned, laughed, and built friendships alongside his peers. I now realize how important it is for children with disabilities to feel like they truly belong with other children their age. Samuel’s classmates were the perfect example of the loving and accepting nature of young children. My only concern is the older the child gets the more separated they may feel within the walls of their own classroom. For example, if a child is a part of an inclusive sixth grade…

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