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My newest assignment wants me to interview a high school and elementary school administrator. My problem is that because of a work injury (in an elementary school here) the district that I live in will not cooperate with me when it comes to stuff like this. You have so much experience and information that I thought maybe you could look at the questions and give me some ideas or examples. The questions are below. Thanks so much!

Interview a high school administrator and an elementary administrator. During the interviews, discuss the following topics:

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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Interview a high school administrator and an elementary administrator. During the interviews, discuss the following topics:

1. What are discipline issues that often arise with special needs students?

Well...to begin with, special needs students often lack self-control mechanisms. In early childhood, for example, they may exhibit a tendency to get visibly upset if someone tries to take their toys. While all children do this to some extent, it is often more of an issue with special needs children due to their tendency to hit or lash out in other physical ways. As they get older, special needs students can get verbally abusive with their classmates and teachers in ways not common with mainstream students. This is simply a part of who they are and should be dealt with, but in a compassionate way taking into account their unique ways. In addition, many special needs are fidgety (cannot sit still), talk out of turn, have trouble remaining in line, etc. These are some of the more common behavioral problems exhibited by students with special needs.

2. What challenges, if any, do administrators and teachers face in regard to special needs students?

This is actually a loaded question. Administrators face challenges with all students on a daily basis. To single out special needs students is a bit unfair, but I certainly understand the issue. In short, yes, administrators do face different issues with special needs students. At our school, we wrestle ...

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