30 Sep What Makes A Classroom Inclusive?
What Makes A Classroom Inclusive?
Inclusion is not just being in a general education class, it only works when the child is learning, applying and meeting IEP goals with same age classmates with out disabilities. As a parent, how do you know if your child is included in the classroom?
Here are some tips
Desks are arranged in groups around the classroom. This allows for peer learning, engagement, and socializing among students. Students who collaborate productively will have more positive outcomes
Visual learning aids are used such as daily schedules, timers, posters and chats. Many students are visual learners and even those that are not, can benefit from this support
Leveled books, manipulatives and centers with hands-on activities are available providing a variety of learning materials for all.
A class wide behavior program supports positive social skills and behaviors in students. Even if there is a school-wide program, students benefit from supports tailored to their specific needs within the classroom
Technology (including assistive technology) is available to support students. These items can be simple, such as pencil grips, reading guides, sticky notes or complex, such as text-to speech software, tables or web-based applications
Although your child’s classroom, school or even country(i know that inclusion is not available in some countries especially in Africa) may not have all the inclusive qualities, the checklist above can help you start a conversation about what you would like to see happen for your child. Sharing your thoughts and wishes with teachers can help them think of ways to increase participation and learning for your child. The skills these children need to function in the society is better acquired among children with no disabilities because they learn the skills more easily.