Essay about Inclusion Is Not A Cookie Cutter Classroom Model

1017 Words Sep 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Inclusion is becoming a hot topic in the debate of special needs students in general and special education classrooms. Inclusion classes are classes that contain students with and without disabilities. These specific classrooms are made for any student no matter the strength or the weakness in the academic field. These particular classes are becoming more prevalent in the school systems because they benefit both students with disabilities and without. Inclusion classrooms were created for all of the students to feel equal in the academic field. The main topic in the debate is whether the students are actually benefiting from inclusion classes or if it is causing more harm than good. Inclusion classes affect all parties involved including disabled students, students without disabilities, and teachers. The article, Inclusion: Friend or Foe, it is discussed by a teacher how wonderful she realized inclusion classes actually were. Inclusion classes tend to be misperceived as a negative option when in reality they have so many positives. A few things to keep in mind for inclusion classes are to remember that inclusion is not a cookie-cutter classroom model, to keep the focus on the individual student, to be understanding of everyone involved, to remain positive, and to encourage teachers to use available resources (Immicke, 2016). Inclusion classes can vary depending on the state, the school, and even the classroom within the school. There is not one set of rules of how…

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