About this time every year I find myself asking a few of the same questions. I don't have the answers, maybe there aren't any REAL, definitive answers...but, if you have time, I'd love to hear your opinions about these issues that come up on a daily basis in my school and in my classrooms. 1) Should a middle-school aged student be expected to bring school materials (i.e. pencil, paper, book) with them to class everyday if that expectation has been communicated to the class by the teacher? If so, what should the punishment/consequence be for a student who repeatedly does not have these items. If not, why not, and what should the classroom teacher do with students who show up to class everyday without the necessary supplies? 2) Should students with learning and/or emotional disabilities be taught in a separate class where they are given instruction on their instructional level or should they be included in a regular education setting with the teacher adapting materials to meet their needs? Does that go for every student in every situation or is there a line? For instance...I am currently teaching several 6th grade classes with students who are on approximately a 2nd grade reading and/or math level. Should they be included in a 6th grade class? I have a student who requires almost constant 1 on 1 interaction with a teacher otherwise he bothers other students, calls out random things, gets out of his seat and roams around the room picking on students, complains loudly, crumples papers and pushes books on the floor. Should this student be included in classrooms with regular education students? 3) Should a student be promoted to 6th grade if they are reading and/or performing math on a 2nd grade level? I have more questions...but I'll start with these three just because they were discussed briefly at my team meeting today. I'm interested to see what non-teachers have to say.