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I am a Special Education teacher at the middle school level with a fully included roster of 12 students. My roster is usually split with half of my students in one class with me and the other half in another classroom with my teacher associate. I follow my students throughout the day to all their major classes and let them go on thier own to the minor or elective classes. Not a difficult day for me, right? Well it can be.
I have had regular education students ask me why I am not a "real" teacher. I happened to be certified in 5 different areas, but to others I look more like an associate that a teacher. At times, I do not feel like a real teacher. I sit in another teacher's classroom afraid to assist with instruction because I am a visitor in that person's classroom. The regular education teacher has planned out each lesson knowing they will be presenting that lesson at least 4 times that day. I worry that if I should offer input or information on a topic that it would interrupt the flow of the lesson and perhaps that teacher would not be able to finish all that he/she wanted to cover. I have also felt that at times I might have a great idea on how to use technology in the classroom or a project of sorts but I withhold my idea because I don't want to step on toes or make the other person feel like I'm telling them what to do. What if what I have to offer is incorrect?
I work with a fabulous team of teachers at the 7th grade level and none of them think or act like they are above anyone else, I just think that maybe I lack the confidence to promote myself and my own abilities. If someone asks me for help, I'm all over it and will go above and beyond all I can do to help. I guess they just don't ask for help enough.
I guess what I would like to know is how others do inclusion and how to go about doing more on a daily basis in the classroom. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?