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.
“The Courage to Be Kind” is a children’s book co-written by educators Rena Rosen and Jenny Levin. Rosen has first-hand experience of being stared at while growing up with a facial difference. While her close home community treated her with respect, the broader world outside did not demonstrate the same level of acceptance.
Ever wanted to know what the best ideas are to make an inclusive classroom? Curriculum.org provides curriculum supports and offers free resources to promote a more inclusive education system. Their website offers a useful list for educators who are interested in building an inclusive classroom community.
The kindergarten book nook is often the first-place children are exposed to books and develop a love of reading. It is usually a welcoming retreat where young students can browse through picture books and make connections between the words and the images on the page.The challenge for educators is to ensure all students benefit from the book corner. With a little thought and planning, this vital area can become an inclusive and welcoming space for every child regardless of their learning style, abilities and personalities.