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Reflection On Special Education

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Throughout sequence three, we touched on two main topics: policy and assessing diverse students. In the policy module, we focused on learning about policies that will affect all students, including minorities. We went over policies like No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and saw how these policies and others like them played out in the classroom. The objective of the class was to learn how policy affects teachers and schools at the micro and macro level. During TLSC 220, we learned about assessing and supporting students with diverse needs, mostly English language learners (ELL) and children with special needs. In the ELL section, we were assigned a student who was identified as ELL and assessed them on their…show more content…
Teachers are impacted by national policies as well. One of these policies is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This is a policy that provides resources for students with disabilities. These services include pull out/push in teachers, school therapy, extra time, and many others. It keeps public schools accountable for doing the most they can to protect students with special needs. This act can impact teachers in different ways as well. It can hinder them because students are periodically leaving the classroom and missing parts of the lesson to go to a pull out service or therapy. My student I was observing at St. Benedict had to leave class for pull out classes every day along with three other students and my cooperating teacher expressed to us how frustrating it is to have those students gone for the lesson and then having to teach them separately. These services do, however, help teachers because the students are getting what they need in school. If they were not getting special help they might be more disruptive to the rest of the students and the teachers so overall it is good for them. Other local policies, like IDEA, can impact both the way students learn and the way teachers teach. Lastly, international policies have the ability to impact teachers all over the world. Because policies are different in every country it is impossible for all students to be on the same level at the same time. For example, in America, most states implement common
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