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What it LOOKS like

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Started by Greg Carroll 15 Aug 2012 4:18pm () Replies (8)

One of the challenges in special education is knowing what real inclusion looks like.  What does a school do that is truly inclusive that is different from one that isn't?  We all know what the extremes are - the schools where the principal nicely points out to the family coming to enrol their child that perhaps this is not the place that "can best meet their needs".  Conversely the school where it is simply irrelevant whether you are white, brown, wear glasses, are in a wheel chair, or struggle with your school work or relating to others  ... everyone is involved in all activities to the highest possible level.

At the Engaging level of the e-Learning Planning Framework it states:

"TEACHERS:  Teachers trial technologies to deliberately help diverse students understand the content in  learning area(s)."

So what does this look like?  Really?
What are the DELIBERATE things a teacher can do that ARE inclusive?
What does it look and feel like to be part of this culture?
If I was looking through your school/classroom to conduct an "Inclusive Audit" what would I say about your room/school/practices?  What evidence or actions are there we would see so we know that this assessment is true?

Apparently there is an online tool coming, commissioned by the MoE, that will support schools in making these decisions.  It will be released towards the end of this year I am told.

SO ... what would the survey find in your classroom?  In your school?

If you are someone who does have an inclusive culture in your school what things show this?  How do you know?  What do you see?  How do the students and teachers interact that is different?  What structures are in place?  Lots of questions .....

It would be great to have examples of what it LOOKS like in real life to share.  Please add your ideas in the comments.


  • liz Stevenson (View all users posts) 16 Aug 2012 1:28pm ()

    Nice story Kathe. Greg, you got me thinking about changed perspectives as well as practice when you asked, What does it look like and feel like to be part of this culture?  

    First thoughts are around how appropriate technologies help empower changes in teaching style, in teacher-student communication, and in what teachers believe their roles to be. In inclusive classrooms, the learning looks and is great - and it feels good too because of a host of intangibles that emanate from a belief in real equity.

    I know you asked for classroom examples but I can't resist sharing this from The Charter for Compassion as it's a nice example of some global collective work about equity and cultural diversity (via some creative technology). You'll see that a student says its about transcending selfishness and the major theme is treating everyone without exception with absolute justice, equity and respect. (2mins)

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