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Posted Oct 03, 2001 at 5:02:46 PM
Subject: being treated fairly

I'm a student learing how to teach in an inclusive classroom, and I was just curious about how I can be sure that students with disabilities get equal treatment in the class and are treated fairly by other children?

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Posted:Oct 04, 2001 8:35:10 AM

If you treat them equally, they won't be treated fairly -- they have special needs that aren't "equal." And of course not just kids with labels have their own individual needs.

THere is a lot of information online & otherwise about promoting acceptance of differences of all kinds in a classroom. It is worth spending extra time and effort teaching this, even explicitly, as well as promoting a good atmosphere. There's an article at LD ONLine that I rather like called "Teaching Tolerance" under the social skills heading of LD IN Depth.

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Posted:Oct 04, 2001 8:35:36 PM

*Fairness doesn't mean everyone is treated equal, rather fairness is when everyone gets what he or she needs.

I work with my kids in a reg. ed. classroom for most of the day. I never hear reg. ed. kids saying that it is not fair what I do for my students. If the reg. ed. student does make a comment I usually take them aside and educate them as to why I do what I do, or I tell them it is none of their business. In fact many kids want to work with me!!! My students get what they need period. Anyone who has a problem with this can see me.... Sounds harsh, but I am very good about explaining why I modify things for only certain kids. Hope this helps.....

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Posted:Oct 09, 2001 8:46:24 AM

Get equal treatment from whom? Students or teachers?

If you mean students, a lot of teaching is common sense. Observe your classroom. See how children interact with each other. Spend time with your kids on the playground and in the lunchroom - even if that's not in your district's contract. If you only observe your students in your classroom, you're not getting the whole picture and you're missing an important piece.

If you see the LD kids being treated unfairly, step in. Your students will reflect your attitudes. If you work to have your classroom be a community, it will be. If you treat some children as your favorites or fawn over the well-behaved, you will be establishing a pecking order and the children's behavior toward each other will mirror what you've done.

If you mean equal treatment from teachers, that's not so easy. We have a fixation in schools about everything being the same. If LD kids have to do the same things as everyone else, that can be inherently unfair to them as it denies their learning needs.

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Posted:Oct 04, 2001 8:35:10 AM

If you treat them equally, they won't be treated fairly -- they have special needs that aren't "equal." And of course not just kids with labels have their own individual needs.

THere is a lot of information online & otherwise about promoting acceptance of differences of all kinds in a classroom. It is worth spending extra time and effort teaching this, even explicitly, as well as promoting a good atmosphere. There's an article at LD ONLine that I rather like called "Teaching Tolerance" under the social skills heading of LD IN Depth.

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Anonymous
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Posted:Oct 04, 2001 8:35:36 PM

*Fairness doesn't mean everyone is treated equal, rather fairness is when everyone gets what he or she needs.

I work with my kids in a reg. ed. classroom for most of the day. I never hear reg. ed. kids saying that it is not fair what I do for my students. If the reg. ed. student does make a comment I usually take them aside and educate them as to why I do what I do, or I tell them it is none of their business. In fact many kids want to work with me!!! My students get what they need period. Anyone who has a problem with this can see me.... Sounds harsh, but I am very good about explaining why I modify things for only certain kids. Hope this helps.....

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Anonymous
Joined Oct 24, 2014
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Posted:Oct 09, 2001 8:46:24 AM

Get equal treatment from whom? Students or teachers?

If you mean students, a lot of teaching is common sense. Observe your classroom. See how children interact with each other. Spend time with your kids on the playground and in the lunchroom - even if that's not in your district's contract. If you only observe your students in your classroom, you're not getting the whole picture and you're missing an important piece.

If you see the LD kids being treated unfairly, step in. Your students will reflect your attitudes. If you work to have your classroom be a community, it will be. If you treat some children as your favorites or fawn over the well-behaved, you will be establishing a pecking order and the children's behavior toward each other will mirror what you've done.

If you mean equal treatment from teachers, that's not so easy. We have a fixation in schools about everything being the same. If LD kids have to do the same things as everyone else, that can be inherently unfair to them as it denies their learning needs.

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