Effective teaching means effective communication. However, with students emerging from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and abilities in today’s classrooms, the language used in teaching can often stifle students’ progress. Subjects such as math and science use jargon which can be confusing, especially when the students speak differently and may use a different language at home.
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.
One way that some schools create inclusive programs for students with disabilities is by assigning co-teachers to classrooms. This has the potential to help with planning and classroom management, but teachers can benefit from learning a few useful techniques to get the most out of having a co-teacher. Sue Land, MEd, has outlined several of these strategies in an article on the William & Mary School of Education’s website.