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Special Education Reflection

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Reflection Paper

En Tseh Wang

Lehigh University

Special Education 332 (Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs) has been enlightening for me as a secondary mathematics educator. In the beginning of the semester, my feelings towards special education were those of apathy and insensitivity. I now understand that my feelings were due to my lack of knowledge and my judgment based on stereotypes.
I always knew that making fun of students with learning disabilities was wrong. However, I never felt that inclusion of special education students in general education classes was plausible or made sense. I felt that special education students belonged in their own classrooms; and that
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One of the greatest tools that this class has given me is universal design. "Universal design for learning is a process for considering the needs of all students in the classroom...and designing curriculum, instruction, and evaluation with sufficient flexibility so that each student benefits" (Turnbull, Turnbull, Shank, and Smith, 2004). I will not be able to teach my general education class with special education students in it, by using universal design
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