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Including inclusion sharing the classroom for student success

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Including Inclusion: Sharing the Classroom for Student Success
This session will offer comic relief to the many challenges of inclusion; while providing practical strategies for creating a successful inclusion classroom. Teachers will explore various inclusion models and ways to effectively communicate, plan and organize for students’ success. PREREQUISITE: Sense of humor and love for Middle-Scholars is required.
Presenters: Angela Monell & Shakera Wilson - Porter Ridge Middle School - Indian Trail, NC


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  • 1. On your index card, and in a few words, write about a problem or challenge that you or a colleague have faced in an inclusion setting. It can be a personal experience, building-wide situation or even a district challenge. DO NOW: Index Card
  • 2. Including Inclusion: Sharing the Classroom for Student Success Angela Monell, M.Ed and Shakera Wilson Union County Public School Porter Ridge Middle School, Indian Trail, NC
  • 3. Ice Breaker THAT’S ME!!!!!
  • 4. Out of the Mouths of Our Babes……. This is what our students have to say about us……. Video
  • 5. Ahhh….to be Included! Directions: Take a moment to find a colleague and gain an understanding of their daily teacher life. Allow the following questions to guide you: 1. What grade do you teach? 2. What is your experience with inclusion? (Years taught, content area) 3. Share a time when your inclusion experience went very well or very sour. 4. If you share your findings, you will need to introduce your partner by his/her (First Name, Name of street from your childhood) Angela Locust Glen or Shakera Emory
  • 6. Objectives To share and gain an understanding of inclusion experiences from varying school districts. To discuss three models of co-teaching To recognize the importance of building collaborative relationships to achieve greater student success
  • 7. Inclusion Models There are many inclusion models, however we would like to focus on three: 1. One teach, One Assist 2. Station Teaching 3. Tag Team Teaching (Our personal favorite)
  • 8. Winning Opportunity
  • 9. Data Driven Instruction From the beginning of the school especially working with inclusion students always allow your data to drive instruction. There are many ways to collect data such as: ● CARS Assessments ● NC EOG Ready booklets ● Informal Assessments ● Benchmark Assessments ● Common Core Coach Books
  • 10. Data Driven Instruction, cont’d Allow the data to: ● Determine who will receive certain instruction ● When the students will receive instruction ● Whether remediation is required ● How to best deliver the instruction ● Organize homogenous or heterogeneous groupings
  • 11. Winning Opportunity
  • 12. Barriers to Inclusion/Myths and Misconceptions - Special education teachers have an easy job - Exceptional Children cannot learn - It is too hard to teach inclusion - “Those students will bring my scores down!” - Planning for Exceptional Children is too hard Special Education Teacher vs. Administration
  • 13. Winning Opportunity
  • 14. Building a Collaborative Relationship 1. Spend time getting to know your co-teacher. 2. Allow each other to openly express feelings, and in turn, acknowledge those feelings. 3. Share a philosophy and vision 4. Respect and incorporate ideas from your co-teacher 5. Discuss classroom management styles 6. Decide on roles and responsibilities for each teacher 7. Create planning time, set goals for that time and work to accomplish them.
  • 15. Winning Opportunity
  • 16. Strategizing for Solutions
  • 17. Winning Opportunity
  • 18. Respecting and Understanding Each Other’s Process Quote: “You don’t have to like my process, but you have to respect it.” -Angela Monell Remember: Everyone has a different way of getting to the same goal.
  • 19. One Teach, One Assist - Station Teaching Tag Team Teaching - Name that Inclusion Model!!
  • 20. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer Unit Chasing Lincoln’s Killer - Homogenous Groups
  • 21. Final Remarks…. Please fill out the green plus/delta sheet and leave it on the counter on your way out. Thank you for spending time with us today!
  • 22. Resources and References Co-Teaching Models Co-Teaching in the Classroom PBS Common Misconceptions About Inclusive Education Quiz/Test/Project Coupon Sheet Facetime Coffee/Cappuccino Google documents….don’t forget Flubaroo too :) and of course….Panera Bread!!