Posted: February 26th, 2023

Special Education

Self-Reflection 2

Directions:

This reflection contains 2 different statements. Reflect on each statement separately, and then in relation to each other. You can click the link to see where the quote came from if you want to know more. Given what you have learned in this course as well as your own perceptions of special education, do you agree, disagree, or partially agree? As you are reflecting, think about what the quote means, how we as educators can do the best for our students, and any life experiences that may shape your thinking on this topic. You might pull in some of your ideas from previous modules including your teaching philosophy and knowledge of students with disabilities to help respond to this statement. 

(When you have finished upload to blackboard in the following format: Lastname_Reflection_2)

Statement 1:

TASH, a disability advocacy organization states that inclusive education should be: “

Inclusive Education

: Transform school communities based on social justice principles in which all students (a) are presumed competent, (b) are welcomed as valued members of all general education classes and extra-curricular activities in their local schools, (c) fully participate and learn alongside their same age peers in general education instruction based on the general education curriculum and (d) experience reciprocal social relationships.” (

Public Policy

Retrieved 01/06/2022).

Now, take some time to reflect on the quote above and rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following prompts:

1-Strongly Disagree

2-Disagree

3-Neutral

4-Agree

5-Strongly Agree

In a couple of sentences, explain your thinking when reflecting upon these prompts.

My overall level of agreement with this statement

This statement is in agreement with the field of special education

This statement reflects how I understand disability and special education

This statement made me think of disability in a new or different way

Statement 2:

“Full inclusion does not serve the best interests of all students with disabilities. Including all students in the common enterprise of learning is more important than where students are taught.” (Kauffman et al., 2018, p. 1).

Now, take some time to reflect on the quote above and rate the extent to which you agree or disagree with the following prompts:

1-Strongly Disagree

2-Disagree

3-Neutral

4-Agree

5-Strongly Agree

In a couple of sentences, explain your thinking when reflecting upon these prompts.

My overall level of agreement with this statement

This statement is in agreement with the field of special education

This statement reflects how I understand disability and special education

This statement made me think of disability in a new or different way

What lens are you taking when reflecting? Check all that apply:

__ Parent/guardian

__ Teacher

__general education

__special education

__ Paraeducator, instructional assistant, aide, etc.

__ Administrator

__general education
__special education

__ Other experience with children (e.g. tutor, nanny, camp counselor, etc)

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