Ultimate Guide For Inclusive Learning
Inclusive learning is teaching that benefits all students with different needs. Teaching methods in schools are focused on students with certain characteristics and this needs to change as the student population is a vastly diverse one.
“children with disabilities experience barriers in their everyday lives. While they do not need separate education, they require a more flexible education system, adviser for basic education, child rights and social inclusion” said advisor and child rights advocate, Els Heijnen.
#1. Embrace Diversity
- Talk to students about their experiences and about support and guidance that may help them.
- Early posting of classes materials so that learners can see what they may need to address and understand.
- Help learners with managing their preparation for the next class.
- Give follow up activities to learner so that they are prepared and can bring up any issues in a timeous manner
- Be clear about expectations of assessment tasks, as the criteria may not be the same as the learner’s previous studies.
- Discuss differences in experiences so that learners can be supported where needed.
- Do not make assumptions about learners according to their previous experiences and education.
#2. Get Learners To Engage
- Use many examples for each lesson as this helps those who have less experience of the subject.
- Giving enough time so that learners have time to write important notes. Advise which notes will be helpful.
- Avoid negativity towards difficult or ‘dry’ concepts. This will put learners off.
- Introduce small activities, question and answer tasks, and media type materials. A small activity in between helps to refresh concentration and aids engagement.
#3. Inclusive Language
- Use a clear and steady tone.
- Avoid abbreviations and acronyms unless they are made clear.
- Avoid slang and colloquialisms as they are hard to understand.
- Use post-it notes or encourage questions as learners may not want to speak up.