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HI! I have another assignment where I need to interview someone. I actually need the interview questions answered from a special education teacher and a regular education teacher. I am hoping that you can be my interviewee as both the special education teacher and the regular education teacher. The question that I need answered are below. I went ahead and copy and pasted the whole assignment so that you can see it. Thanks!

Interview a special educator and a regular educator of students with ID. Focus on addressing the following:

1. Issues relating to terminology, law, and identification of ID

2. Issues surrounding the definition and classification of students with ID

3. The impact of characteristics of ID on learning, social attitudes, and curricular needs

I also have to write a comparison essay with the viewpoint of both a regular education instructor and a special education instructor.

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I suppose the best approach to this is to just answer the 3 items as best I know, pointing out some of the differences between a regular ed and special ed teacher as appropriate. I will do this one combined posting, as these three items tend to blend together anyway.

ID refers to Intellectual disability. As a special education teacher, we are taught and trained to identify the special needs of ID students. Very few ID students will be in a regular ed classroom due to their unique needs. It is important to note that Intellectual Disability can also be referred to as mental retardation, and still is in many professional circles. In the education field, however, we are drilled to stay away from using the work 'retardation'. It would be very unlikely that you would ever hear a special education certified professional use the word 'retarded', but it may creep into the vocabulary of the regular ed teacher. Regular ed teachers can be sanctioned for using such terminology, so they need to be well versed in the unique needs of this student population.

A student with an intellectual disability basically is ...

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An interview for special education teachers and a regular education teachers are examined. The impact of characteristics of ID on learning, social attitudes and curricular needs are determined.

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1. What are discipline issues that often arise with special needs students?
2. What challenges, if any, do administrators and teachers face in regard to special needs students?
3. How do disciplinary decisions and actions vary between special need students and regular education students?
4. Do special needs students understand that disciplinary decisions and actions may vary between themselves and regular education students?
5. Do parents of special needs students understand that disciplinary decisions and actions may vary between their children and regular education students?
6. How do parents of special and regular education students react to the differences?
7. 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?

After the interviews have been conducted, write an essay of 1,000-1,250 words summarizing the information learned. Be sure to use information from both interviews. Address the similarities and differences in how the high school administrator and the elementary administrator approach these issues. In addition, cite court cases that appear to have influenced the school district's decisions.

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