As the school term progresses, it might be time to take a step back and think about how all students can be included in the classroom. Dr. Julie Causton and Kate Richmond shared their thoughts for educators on this topic:
- Include everyone. Think of how each student provides diversity to the class and challenges teachers to do better.
- Wear comfortable footwear. In a bit of tongue-in-cheek advice, the authors tell teachers to invest in a good pair of running shoes, as making education inclusive means students will keep you on your toes.
- Learn to bake. It’s a great way to trade for favours as you make requests of other teachers to benefit your students.
- Find your allies. Everyone in the school setting is a potential helper, not just other teachers. Remember people like the custodian or the secretary.
- Provide choices. Giving students different opportunities for learning or expressing themselves makes for a creative environment.
- Let the students do more of the talking. Children learn best when there is more self-directed learning than teacher-directed learning.
- Learn from the best. Use other excellent teachers as resources.
- Think of parents as resources. Parents can be great allies in creating a learning environment that is best for their children.
- Keep your cool. When student behaviour makes it difficult to manage the classroom, keeping calm helps you to deal with most situations.
- Make learning fun! Students learn better when they’re engaged and having fun.
- Get the rest you need. Good inclusive education can be tiring, so make sure you get enough sleep for the energy you’ll need.
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