How to best summarize "My Inclusive Teaching Brainstorming…
How to best summarize "My Inclusive Teaching Brainstorming Thoughts"... The INCLUDE Strategy
IDEA #2: OPTIONS. Always provide options to students when learning. It is important that students have options to engage, understand and demonstrate their knowledge of the learning material.
I.N.C.L.U.D.E, consists of many of the same elements as Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) ,thus both of these approaches also support this idea
I.N.C.L.U.D.E. supports making adaptations to lessons to providing options to students
"C" - Check for potential paths to student success
"L" - Look for possible problem areas
"U" - Use information to brainstorm instructional adjustments
Thus, providing adaptations/adjustments, provides a new option for student based on student's strengths
Differentiated Instruction supports providing options to students
the belief that diversity in learners and learning needs must be met with diverse teaching strategies
U.D.L. supports providing options to student - in fact it is based upon this principle.
It's guideline's purpose is to demonstrate how to provide multiple means of:
ex. provide options for students to choose individually what they would like to do to recruit interest ex. Tic-Tac-Toe method students can choose which assignments they would like to do from each line
ex. providing options for students to absorb information by providing different means of displaying the information - information provided in the form of an article, a youtube video, a podcast, etc.
Action & Expression
ex.providing the students options for how they would like to demonstrate/express their knowledge of the topic/assignment ex. whether it be through a drawing, a written piece, a song, etc.
Options set students up for success. It allows students whether they are sensory learners, auditory, visual, etc., learners to meet curriculum standards and lesson standards while using their strengths to do so
IDEA #3: Try to determine how your students learn best individually & this may help to adapt the classroom to meet specific needs, and provide targeted support
"Identify classroom demands
Note student learning strengths and needs
Check for potential paths to student success
Look for possible problem areas
Use information to brainstorm ways to adjust instruction
Decide which adjustments to make
Evaluate student progress" - p. 140, Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers
This idea is absolutely supported by the I.N.C.L.U.D.E. strategy, as it breaks down how to determine how your students learn best and then how to adapt your classroom as a result
As the strategy mentions it is important to check for and understand your students' strengths and weaknesses in order to understand and infer how they will learn best
It is after this that you can begin to make adaptations accordingly
I.N.C.L.U.D.E. - ends with "Evaluate student progress". The I.N.C.L.U.D.E. strategy is a continual and ongoing process. Evaluate student progress, and then begin again with identifying classroom demands, and so on
I.N.C.L.U.D.E. stands for:
IDEA #1: Modify the classroom and lesson plans to accommodate to the learning needs in my class.
IDEA #1 is supported by the definition of I.N.C.L.U.D.E. (in my own words): Based on the principle of inclusion, this strategy is meant to help education professionals make accommodations and modifications to the classroom & lessons in order to meet the learning needs of all students in the classroom & specifically those with disabilities
An example of this would be making a list on the blackboard of the day's schedule for students with ADHD - to provide comfort and stability throughout the day to students with this disability
Before and after making modifications, constant reflection and evaluation of classroom and students' progress is required ("E" in I.N.C.L.U.D.E. enforces this)
IDEA #4: Sensitivity, thoughtfulness and praise from the teacher are all extremely important factors when it comes to the success of their students.
The whole point of the I.N.CL.U.D.E. Model is to see and to demonstrate how you can see your students with disabilities succeed. Along with the necessity of adaptations in the classroom that cater to their learning needs, kindness and care are equally necessary to a student's success
A relationship with your students is essential when helping them in specific areas or providing targeted support to see them succeed. Students must feel comfortable (not embarrassed) and trusting of their teachers
When it comes to the growth of any student, praise is extremely important. Rather than focusing on the negatives and the small failures, focus on the positives and the small victories
Not only is this encouraging to the student, but it is also encouraging to the parents