My students go to inclusion for library, gym, and music. Since I teach upper grades, I have a difficult time doing inclusion for academic areas since the gap between the general ed curriculum and what we are working on seems to just keep getting bigger. I love to do reverse inclusion (gen ed students come into my classroom for activities), inclusion for special events (DARE, field trips, parties), and other hands-on activities when they come up. I want to make all inclusion important and meaningful.
My students go to specials with their grade level and an aide. It can be tricky to coordinate this all but you can if you get organized!
Make an Inclusion Schedule and Post It: My schedule is posted with all my other schedules on a centrally located bulletin board. We need easy access to this schedule. Even at the end of last year, I couldn’t tell you my inclusion schedule off the top of my head even if you offered me free money.
Check in with the Specials Teachers Regularly: I use a collaboration log so I can make sure I haven’t gone an embarrassingly long amount of time without seeing how my kids are doing. Some teachers are hesitant to approach me with issues and I find it better to go to them.
Take Data: You may by now be realizing a theme here with my embarrassing data obsession. It’s my ABA background, I swear. So here is where I post my inclusion data sheet – right near the door with a pencil velcroed to the bottom (of course!). So when my aides come back from the class they can quickly and easily put down their data.
Make the Data Easy to Take: In inclusion we keep track of the amount of prompts the adult needed to provide the student. I love data sheets where you can circle the prompt degree instead of writing it in – so much faster! Especially in the hustle and bustle of our afternoon! You just need to write the date, the class, and circle the prompt level. Done!
Here is a freebie paraprofessional data sheet. You can write in the number of prompts that you would consider min, moderate, or max – since that may depend on your student or class!
Here are the downloads:
Happy inclusioning 🙂