Educators who work in inclusive classrooms need to plan structured lessons and yet be flexible and adaptable. Preparation time is often in short supply, but some tips can help teachers strategize and avoid becoming overwhelmed. Every student in the classroom benefits when lessons are designed inclusively. TeachHub.com has published a useful list of 18 inclusion strategies that support student success.
The inclusion strategies paint a picture of what contributes to a vibrant inclusive classroom where everyone can learn. Lessons should proceed from simple ideas to more complex concepts. Practice and repetition before moving from one step to the next reinforces learning. Abstract concepts can be reinforced with concrete examples and activities. (The example given in the list suggests using a map and walking around the neighbourhood looking at street signs to support a lesson about compass directions.)
Teachers can consider potential modifications before a lesson, and have simplified and enriched options, as well as helpful technology, always at the ready. A mix of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements helps cater to every learning style. Using a variety of types of assessment provides opportunities for students’ strengths to shine.
Educators can use interest inventories to help them learn about their students and to relate curriculum to students’ lives. If students have opportunities for success, their self-esteem will benefit; building their self-awareness of their progress can also support confidence. Positive feedback should always be given before constructive feedback, and questions should be encouraged. Collaboration among educators, students, and families is essential to creating an inclusive environment, and an optimistic attitude also helps!
Read the full list of 18 tips here and explore TeachHub’s other resources for educators.