Students with Learning Disabilities and the Inclusive Classroom

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All teachers dream of the classroom filled with fifteen tranquil, enthusiastic students, all with their note books out and pencils prompt for note taking. This is the classroom where everyone works together, at the same pace, and without any interruptions or distractions. This is the ideal classroom setting. The only problem with this picture is that it does not exist. Students are all different. Kids all learn different ways, and at varying paces. Both Physical and Learning Disabilities can hinder a child’s learning speed and hold them back from the rest of the class. It can be very difficult to identify a child with a learning disability because students can often be misunderstood and labeled as unmotivated and lazy. These students…show more content…
In Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors, Nancy Mather gives examples of these widespread disabilities through case studies of children with special needs. She talks about a boy named Ryan who had “limited reading skills, difficulty completing tasks and always complained about how much he hated school. Ryan often told the other students that he was dumb because he had to visit to the resource room everyday for individualized instruction, but since the help has begun, he has improved his skills and gained confidence” (Mather, 3). This example proves that and even individual with acute learning disabilities can be put into the mainstream classroom, as long as he was receiving outside, private instruction that is geared towards his own personal struggles. She introduces the reader to Danny, a boy who had poor motor skills and because of this he often tripped on the playground and could not tie his shoes. Mrs. Abram, his teacher, recognized his difficulty and tried to help him with his handwriting which was struggling, but her minimal efforts during class time made little improvement by the end of the year. This example shows how the inclusive classroom can fail a student whose teacher knows about his problems but is not necessarily trained or prepared to deal with his many demands. Mather also brings up Stephanie to prove the same point. Stephanie was a girl who “was shunned because she had problem making friends and did not interact well with her
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