Summer break has started and I went away to Mexico with my family. We had such a good time. It was a vacation much needed! I apologize that I have not been in touch since the end of June!
Currently, I am taking 2 online summer classes to better myself as a teacher and for professional development. The classes I am taking are:
1) Across the Spectrum: Teaching Students with Autism
2) Inclusion Strategies: Success in the Classroom.
Currently, I am taking the “inclusion” class because I have students in my class of students with ASD who participate in inclusion AND because inclusion is a growing topic. In this school I currently work in, there will be 3 new inclusion classrooms.
Some benefits of inclusive education are:
–Sincere friendships develop with ALL the students in the classroom: students with and without disabilities.
-Teachers are supported and have experience.
-The achievement of the students without disabilities is not affected by the students with disabilities.
-There is generally academic and social growth in these classrooms and it makes the teachers happy and satisfied.
Below is one of my students who will be transitioning from a substantially separate class to an inclusion class in September 2015. I am so proud of his progress and his accomplishments!