According to my Google search, ideal is defined as, “satisfying one’s conception of what is perfect; most suitable.”
Perfect? Ha! This is the standard we all strive for and never quite reach. While “perfect” may seem a bit far-fetched, I do believe we can create the “most suitable” environment for students who need a self-contained classroom. (A self-contained classroom is a smaller setting with fewer students managed by a special education teacher where students with special needs might spend most their day to receive a variety of instruction depending on the individual need of the student.)
To provide you, the reader, with practices that actually WORK in the classroom, I asked a few of my favorite special education teachers from Delano Public Schools (MN) to help me. Read on to find out what they had to say.