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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.


  • Kathe Tawhiwhirangi (View all users posts) 15 Aug 2012 4:43pm ()

    What a greeat way to kick start a conversation off Greg. I agree, there are schools out there that irrelevant of size, colour, capability etc....they are purely intent on being as INCLUSIVE as possible in their learning environments. A gold star to them!

    I wonder how many of our schools however, could boast that sort of attitude, inclusiveness and invitation to take part in their learning spaces?

    This 'tool' (that by all accounts, is not too far way from landing on evey schools doorstep) will be a welcome component to some whānau as this may well highlight, expose, bring to the forefront 'blindspots' (or ignoring ones?!) to deepen awareness as to schools own positioning in regard to being an 'inclusive' site.

    I am pretty certain that there wil not be any schools out there who will want to be identified as being 'non-inclusive'.

    I wonder how non-inclusive schools would be if their own chn (as oppsed to chn they are teaching) were in the category of being classified as being Special Education Needs?

    So to a story I heard the other day.....

    A visitor asked: “How do people in this school treat others that are different?”

    The answer that was given : “There is no one here that is different….actually there is, he’s Australian” (responded the child in a wheelchair J)

    On a slighlty different note...

    Neil Jarvis: Keynote at the InternetNZ conference in Akld earlier this year

    "There has never been a better time to be blind"

    Neil was using braille to deliver his keynote speech and spoke about the wonders the technologies had afforded him in staying connected in this world.

    Accessibility to the information? Right there!

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