Interview Question Summary
1. How has the student composition in the special classroom changed over time?
Though this is not something that I personally experienced, I am aware that more students with disabilities are being educated now than forty years ago. Education systems have worked to create a better environment for these students. This environment is as free from restrictions as possible and challenges the individual. It did not use to be this way. Some disabilities were excluded. There was not enough funding. Public schools tried to exclude these individuals. It is not this way anymore, as my classroom, one of many, demonstrates.
2. How has the student composition in the general education classroom changed overtime?
As you know, more students with disabilities have been entering general education classrooms due to changes in legislation. I have had many students with different disabilities in my classroom. I have had students with autism, communication disorders, and down syndrome, just to name a few. I have, of course, had plenty of typically developing students as well. .
3. How has the diagnosis and assessment of students with exceptional needs changed over time?
More methods have been developed to assist in the identification and diagnosis of disabilities. Professionals are beginning to understand what might have caused a child to develop their disability. The more that is learned, the better I can help m y students with these disabilities. Knowledge helps create strategies individualized to the student. Even in the past ten years, there has been much advancement in the assessment and monitoring of these students. They are being seen as people and not their diagnosis. Many are held at the same standards as their typically developing peers.
4. How has the curriculum for students with exceptional needs changed over time?
It used to be very broad or non-existent. In the past, these students were not believed to be capable. Now, there are often high expectations for many of these students. Students are brought into the general education classroom more often. This really shows that attitudes are changing – the belief that students can succeed with the current curriculum is developing more and more and their curriculum is really challenging them as a result.
5. How have academic expectations for students with exceptional learning needs changed over time?
It used to be where students with disabilities were not often in the general education classrooms. These students were seen as incapable. However, today, many students with disabilities are in the general education classroom. They are expected to succeed and held to the same standards. While this is not true for every student and there are always individual cases, more students face high expectations when they might not have in the past.
6. How has grading and evaluation for students changed?
Assessment-wise, students are being evaluated more than ever with standardized...