I think it’s really nice that they found a way for children with different abilities to be included into the classroom by Skype. It is also nice to know that teachers are going that one step further to include them.
I am a strong believer of inclusion. Being a preschool teacher i do IEP for children At-Risk with the help of the district and their famalies. Again patience, building relationship with the child and supportive to their parents is half work more easier and rewarding. Now I attend workshops and read books and study the research, above all i am taking a cless to learn more to work with special children in the general classrooms. From my experiences with two children in particular ilearned most obvios things which i would have never encountered. They change my mindset of they need special classroom to progress. Eventually the other children were more close and friendly to the children. Even the parents were changing their opinion about teachers. Ialso feel we as teachers should take more inicentive to support the system and make a differance in the childrens life. I again support Ruby Ramirez message. Lastly in my opinion every child is special in one or other way, then who are we to exclude them from the general classrooms.
All students should be given the opportunity to lead as normal a life as possible. If this technology allows students to feel more included with their peers then it should be taken into consideration when writing up their IEP.
I am so proud of Mr. Crosby for looking into Skype and initiating the process for Celeste. There is a girl at our church who has struggled with leukemia for several years and when she was unable to be at school, she got way behind in her studies. Her parents tried to find a way for her to be involved with other children but she was isolated due to her very fragile immune system. Education should be the most important issue in our country because it is necessary for all people to provide for themselves in the future and to keep our country strong. Children need to socialize with their peers and to be included no matter what. Inclusion builds confidence and it replaces fear with tolerance and understanding.
Everyone wants a chance at a normal life. And to allow someone whether through technology or in class education, it is important that everyone is given a chance to learn and grow and be successful. This is great.