What is inclusion?
Inclusion is a word that is used to describe, that act of securingvarious opportunities for students with disabilities to learnalongside the non-disabled peers in the classroom especially duringlessons that supply them with general education ("The GreatEqualizer | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity, and Justice,"2017). Establishing an inclusive class is dependent on the complexityof the disability that a child has. However, with approaches that areknowledgeable, accompanied by positive attitude among the teachersand the parents, it gives room for a successful interaction andsuccess especially when challenges emerge.
Benefits of inclusion classrooms to students of all categories
Students have different learning styles, and this is one of theprinciples through which inclusive education works. It is alwaysadvisable for teachers to divide students into small groups hencetailoring teaching to the way each student can learn best. This waythe needs of almost every student is met ("The Great Equalizer |Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity, and Justice," 2017).Inclusive classrooms also enable a teacher to monitor and help thestudent as they progress. The student may have opportunities of usingfidgets and interact with one another. The positive behavioralsupports and intervention are put in place to facilitate support tothe students especially when they have issues with learning andattention. Inclusive classrooms also reduce stigma, due to theavailability of diverse learners. Children can interact in the bestway they understand, and they might find out that they share commonfeatures with each other. This strategy helps a lot to reduce stigmaamong kids with attention and learning issues. Also, they can retainlasting friendships among each other ("The Great Equalizer |Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity, and Justice," 2017).Inclusive learning also ensures effective resource management, byallowing all forms of service provision to the classroom includingspeech therapists, reading specialists among others, who help in theprovision of suggestions and information on how to help a student.
Technology as a great equalizer in inclusive classrooms
Technology is a great equalizer in a classroom setting that consistsof diverse learners. Teachers might find it challenging to engagedifferent instruction to more than thirty students that havedifferent abilities and need. Assistive technologies such as softwarethat assist students with disabilities is a big asset for it enablesteachers to personalize skills and lessons hence enhancing eachchild. Children with disabilities often have better skills incomputer technology among other devices, and hence using them inclass makes complete sense ("The Great Equalizer | TeachingTolerance – Diversity, Equity, and Justice," 2017). Technologyhas enabled children with physical disabilities to access learningopportunities that were initial inaccessible to them. Computers andother gadgets are more engaging to the students that lesson modulesin paper. The other students can also utilize by other students formotivation, enhancing various skills and social development.
Increasing student participation
Planning should remain a valuable procedure for every teacher in theinclusion classes especially when figuring out how best they canhandle the different needs of every child. The goal of any inclusionclass is to ensure that kids enjoy school experiences with optimism,confidence, and motivation while supporting each other. A teacher canachieve equal participation by starting slowly and build onstrategies of making the class participative ("The GreatEqualizer | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity, and Justice,"2017). This can be done by slowly analyzing the needs and interestsof an individual student then later connect and develop strategiesthat are best suited for them. The teacher should also watch his/herlearners hence establishing growth opportunities and addressingupcoming challenge based on assessments made through observation.Physical accommodations are also critical in ensuring that studentsare placed where they can learn best and interact with others.Provision of realistic challenges are good opportunities for teachersto build knowledge and self-confidence among the pupils ("TheGreat Equalizer | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity, andJustice," 2017). It also improves their creativity and enablesstudents to establish goals based on challenges presented. Settinggoals are also critical because success may not be measured by use ofacademic grades but also the ability to achieve certain goals thusimproving attitudes, confidence and behavior of a student.
Struggles in an inclusive classroom
I think I would struggle a lot when developing an educational methodthat would best suit the needs of each student, especially when Ihave more than thirty students in the class. Students may be groupedaccording to educational needs, but when special needs students areincluded, it can lead to delays in learning, issues with development,use of little-spoken words. This can be particularly challengingespecially if I don’t have an assistant.
Relation of this article to one of the articles under theexceptionalities section of the course
Both articles highlight on the issue of addressing physicaldisability stigma in schools, the benefits of technology in improvinglearning outcomes, and also ways which teachers can manage challengesthat they may face in the classroom setting particularly whenstudents are more and are with diverse needs.
The Great Equalizer | Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity, andJustice. (2017). Tolerance.org. Retrieved 31 March 2017, fromhttp://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-19-spring-2001/feature/great-equalizer
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