Inclusion in the Classroom

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Define inclusion

integrating children with additional academic and physical needs into a typically developing classroom.

February is national classroom inclusion month. Every February educators are recognized for their positive efforts towards inclusive education.

Enlisting an advocate can positively impact you and your child’s inclusion experience. This advocate knows just what to ask for an is experienced in the field.

Why is inclusion important?

  • Inclusion is important so children can build bonds with every type of individual.
  • It is important for all kids to feel normal and included
  • Everyone is entitled to an equal education regardless of their struggles and abilities.

What makes inclusion difficult?

  • Inclusion is difficult because if a child can not keep up with the rest of the class he or she may fall behind.
  • If a child falls behind at an early age it is common that he or she will continue to fall behind throughout their education.
  • This may lead to high school drop outs because he or she becomes discouraged in the classroom.

What I have learned about inclusion

  • The group teaching assignment taught me how exactly a child with hearing loss can easily fall behind due to the lack of resources in a typically developing classroom. If the child is the only child in the room with a disability then they can often times be negatively impacted and discouraged.

How to implement inclusion in the classroom

  • Teachers can create stations in small groups for kids with disabilities. This allows them to ask questions in a smaller less intimidating setting.
  • Teachers can also create alternative assignments or talk slower when lecturing in class to make sure all the information was communicated properly.