It is every child’s right to be supported by their parents and by the community to develop a positive understanding of themselves and others, regardless of their differences, culture and abilities. Schools that aim to actively involve all children by utilising various ways of teaching and promote diversity practice inclusive teaching. Applying inclusion system in school promotes the development of social interactions where every child feels a sense of belonging.
When implemented well, inclusive education provides a better quality education for the students. Here are some of the characteristics of inclusive classrooms:
Groups of desks placed around the classroom
Grouping students gives them an opportunity to interact with their fellow classmates as well as bond and learn from them as well. There are numerous positive effects of using this approach like sudden boost of self-esteem, healthy intergroup relations, respect for academically handicapped students, positive attitude towards school, and the ability to work as a team player.
Widely available assistive technology
Creative visual learning aids
Visual supports are commonly used in inclusive classrooms. Aids such as traditional and modern visual organisers — whether these are created by a student, teacher, or technology company — can help students significantly outperform peers who did not use these tools. Other visual materials are effective, as well. A common tradition (especially in preschool classrooms) is making everything colourful as much as possible. Daily schedules, in either pictorial or written form, are often placed in a prominent location to help understand the concept of day and time. To remember concepts, flip charts can be used to help students understand topics and at the same time, push them to retain daily lessons and apply them to their everyday life at home.
In addition, modern technology also pushes for more interactive and useful teaching materials. Certain apps help students mathematical diagrams and drawing with sound and creative colours. Finally, in an inclusive classroom, there will be no shortage of labels, symbols, and pictures placed around the room to help students identify learning zones, supplies, materials, and items of interest.
Inclusion Quality Mark provides schools with a nationally recognised framework to guide their inclusion journey. The IQM team help schools evaluate and measure how they are performing; empowering them to improve and grow. Register your school today and take the first step to become an IQM Inclusive school. For more information, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.