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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.


  • Chrissie Butler (View all users posts) 15 Aug 2012 10:25pm ()

    I know some teachers have deliberately trialled and then chosen to use Voicethread as it provides many options for both sharing information in a range of formats, e.g images, text, video etc and also options for expression and participation.

    For anyone who is unfamiliar with Voicethread or has given it a whirl in a workshop but not explored it more fully with students, it is well worth another look. If you have a student in your class who has a number of people working in a team alongside them, using a Voicethread enables both the learner and the team members to build conversations around a subject in one place.

    I have often used a Voicethread embedded in a student's blog to share something that happened in the classroom and then the family and team members of the student can share their comments and feedback with the student in text, audio or video.

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