KQED Education is a learning website which provides educators experiential activities and professional tools to create inclusive learning environments. Kristen Vogel has been a special education teacher for more than 10 years and writes a useful list of five successful strategies she has found to work in an inclusive classroom.
· Get to know your students’ Individual Education Plan (IEP)
In collaboration with the student’s parents, connect with any other professionals in the student’s life who could be helpful to their learning. Review the IEP to become familiar with any required accommodations and modifications.
· Implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Adopt a UDL approach to plan an accessible curriculum for a wide range of learners to feel engaged. The website offers a video which gives insights into the best ways to present materials, as well as engage students and ensure they are absorbing and understanding the subject matter.
· Engage in Collaborative Planning and Teaching
Promote opportunities to foster collaborative teaching.
· Set Expectations and Goals
Communicate clear expectations and goals and display them in the classroom. Ask for input from both students and specialists. Post daily schedules, encourage peer to peer instruction and leadership. An effective inclusive classroom can benefit everyone, but its success is built on careful planning with good communication and collaboration from all stakeholders.
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