Review Classroom Routines & Share Successes
REVIEW CLASSROOM ROUTINES & SHARE SUCCESSES
Being a part of a team that conducts ongoing meetings to achieve success for a student in an inclusive setting can bring about highs and lows in each member's emotional state at different times of the school year. It's very important to focus on the successes of the team itself and to celebrate those successes. Beginning each meeting by reflecting on one of those successes that has occurred since the previous meeting has been beneficial to many teams. Other teams have suggested a meeting just to celebrate and interact with each other on a social basis. Still others have shown their successes by wearing a button or badge to signify their support to the team goals. However your team decides to celebrate join in and enjoy the successes!
REVIEW CLASSROOM ROUTINES AND SOCIAL COMPETENCE
After a student has become accustomed to the new environment and the classroom and school routines have been consistent for a few weeks, the team should review the student's participation in school routines. They should also observe the student's social exchanges with adults and peers. The student with a disability may need instruction to be able to follow the classroom and school routines and to communicate and interact with his/her peers. The team can collect data to identify strengths and challenges in these areas by using the form on the following page. Data should be collected for three or four days to provide an information base for accurate decision making regarding specific strengths and needs. The team is then able to problem solve specific issues and validate or revise IEP objectives. In addition, the family may be interviewed to ascertain their perspective of the student's level of comfort in the classroom.