Inclusion

Brittany Reed

What is inclusion?

Inclusion means being included in a group or within a society. The concept of inclusion is used in most schools. In some schools students with disabilities are able to be in the same classroom as their peers without disabilities. The students with disabilities are also able to learn and have access to the general education curriculum the school provides just like their peers without disabilities.

Addition Things I Have Learned About Inclusion:

The benefits of using the concept of inclusion in classrooms are:

  • Helps the students with their social skills and to develop friendships with other students in the class.
  • Helps the students to develop individual goals and strengths.
  • Gets the parents involved in the students' education.
  • Helps the school and the community to appreciate diversity more.


Reference: What Is Inclusive Education?, (2015). Retrieved December 2, 2015 from http://www.inclusionbc.org/our-priority-areas/inclusive-education/what-inclusive-education


The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) does not use the word "inclusion". IDEA states that children with disabilities must be educated in a least restrictive environment that meets their needs. This means that the children with disabilities should be placed in a regular classroom when it is possible.


Reference: The Inclusional Classroom, (2015). Retrieved December 2, 2015 from http://specialed.about.com/od/integration/a/awareness.htm

Why is inclusion important?

Inclusion is important to have in schools because it helps the students to develop different skills. These skills include communication and verbal skills, teamwork, and independent skills. Inclusion also gives the students the opportunity to interact with others, helps build up the students' confidence, and helps the students to learn how to respect others in a diverse society.

What makes inclusion difficult?

Inclusion can be difficult when having a class with some students with disabilities and some students who do not. The teacher might have to make some adjustments to the curriculum such as making the class too easy or too hard. Some of the students with disabilities might need easy level classwork or might need the teacher to repeat some of the lessons that are being taught in order to understand the lesson. The students without disabilities maybe will not feel challenged in the class if the lessons get too easy for them or will get bored of the lessons if the teacher has to repeat the lessons over again.

What class activities might have influenced my understanding and views on inclusion?

Some of the class activities that had influenced my understanding and views on inclusion are the video about Axel and the video Including Samuel. In both videos Axel and Samuel were taught in the same classroom as their peers without disabilities. Axel and Samuel were able to learn and have access to the general education curriculum that the school provided.

What teachers can do that can help make inclusion work in classrooms?

1. To make inclusion work in classrooms the teachers can get the students to share what they had learned for the lesson(s). The students can share what they had learned in diverse ways such as writing it down, draw a picture to describe what they had learned, or just speak to the class what they had learned.


2. Another way to make inclusion work in classrooms is the teacher can use multiple materials in order to engage their students in the lessons. These multiple materials include videos, powerpoint presentations, interactive activities, group work, etc.