Discipline in High School and Elementary Education
Problems of student behavior may be one of the major sources of stress to a teacher that he or she may think of quitting the profession. Please explain what issues of discipline that often arise with special needs students.
Yes. The issue of indiscipline among the student with disability is a hot topic in the schools. However, programs of teacher preparatory programs post smart, qualified teachers into the classrooms with inadequate know-how for handling disasters of behavior. Thus they get frustrated a lot. One of the hallmark learning disabilities features is inconsistent performance of the students with special needs. Research studies with students and adults with disability have shown erratic but confusing profiles of persons who seem to do a particular thing pretty well but struggling dramatically to perform another work CITATION Com08 l 1033 (Learn, 2008). This kind of mismatch between the capabilities, expectations and out5comes cause tremendous upsets and disappointments. These kinds of disappointment lead to a cascade of behavior and emotions that can adversely influence the functioning of the school, at homes and in the community at large.
Some of the common discipline issues that schools encounter from students with disability vary depending on the kind of disability that they have. Most of the challenges are as a result of low self-esteem due to some kind of discrimination that they may get from the rest of the normal students. Violence is a common discipline issues with the students with special needs. They tend to be violent as means of expressing their anger discontent. There are also common issues of using abusive language against other students. These often cause ripples among students and mostly lead to violence CITATION Com08 l 1033 (Learn, 2008). These could also be attributed to their feel of inferiority with the student with special need. Bullying is another problem that is common among the students with disability. Most of students with special needs could be a little older than other students thus they bully as way of expressing their discontent f whatever kind that they may be having.
What are some of the challenges do administrators and the teachers face in regards to special needs students?
Most teachers do not have adequate skills or experience in an inclusion setting. This is because the teachers might not have been exposed to such setting before during his or her training. Most teachers also do not have experience of dealing with students with severe and intense disabilities CITATION Cor04 l 1033 (Moriaty, 2004). These would lead to the students with disabilities not progressing or not getting the attention he should be getting thus making them not progress like other students. This may lead to behavior disorientation from the students with special needs as ways of expressing their discontent with them thus they adversely affect the running of the schools.
There is also the challenge of including all the students in all the activities. These could be attributed to lack of supporting equipment or tolls of adaptive language that would make the student with disability be left out thus failing to participate with the other regular students. The teachers also find it difficult to explain death in classes with students with disabilities thus denying inclusive learning among all students in the classroom. The teachers are also challenged I developing a individualized plans of lesson thus the students with disability may not be well handled as compared to other regular students CITATION Cor04 l 1033 (Moriaty, 2004). The teachers also face the challenge of coordinating therapies of the students with disabilities and keeping the students engaged and learning. It takes a teacher with skills and a lot of experience to excel in this.
How do disciplinary decisions and actions vary between special need students and regular education students?
Students with special needs are subjected to the same regulations and eventualities just like other regular students. Nonetheless, the students with disabilities are exempted and protected from certain procedures. There are rules that have been established to ensure that the student with disability is not punished due to a behavior resulting from his or her disability CITATION Cor04 l 1033 (Moriaty, 2004). Also, the measures of discipline may disrupt the placement of the students to the extent that there is basically a change in placement which they parents or guardian have to consent. This also ensures that there is fair trial for all the students regardless of their ability.
Do special needs students understand that disciplinary decisions and actions may vary between themselves and regular education students?
Yes they do. The issue of discipline is quite sensitive if not handled well. The students have to behave in a manner that upholds the dignity of the people they interact with and thus limits are put to the way the students should carry themselves. The students have also been advised to treat each other with respect regardless of their ability and in case there is a case that involved the students with disability their rule of disciplinary action is followed CITATION Cor04 l 1033 (Moriaty, 2004). The students are also given a chance to appeal their cases and relevant laws are followed in case when the victim is a student is disabled.
Do parents of special needs students understand that disciplinary decisions and actions may vary between their children and regular education students?
Yes they do. Every child is special in his or her own way to a parent. Children with special needs pose a challenge to parents as they find ways of how best to prepare them for the future and handle any problem that may arise along the way amicably. Thus they do prepare themselves for this reason. If a parents fails to do this, he or she may deny the child with special need of having the best that he cold have got if the parents take action early. No parent would like to be accused for not taking the right care of their children with special needs. Once the child is identified to have certain disability, then by law, there are mandates of what the parents and institution of learning should do with such children. Therefor, the parents expect certain preference for their children with disability in the event that they are victims of indiscipline cases.
How do parents of special and regular education students react to the differences?
Some of the decisions reached at are based on the rule of law. There are set guidelines on what should happen if a student is found guilty whether he is regular or has special needs. At times the schools do not have the power to change some law since they are from the federal government. In the event that a parent of either of the children is not satisfied with any of the ruling accorded to their children, then they are at liberty to go to court.
What role does the district play with regard to decision-making? Who provides directions and training to the administrators and teachers to ensure they are following IDEA regulations about discipline?
All the districts have common challenges of implementing high standards and raising the achievements of all the students CITATION Rob08 l 1033 (Muller, 2008). Therefore, the district can be a key support element. They set personnel, resource and instructional policies and they hold the power in turning the oratory to reality. They provide leadership in instructional improvement and development of profession. They emphasize on data use when making decisions and align the operations on all levels around shared goals and ensure superiority of service CITATION Rob08 l 1033 (Muller, 2008).
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