It is so easy to get caught up in one track thinking. The beautiful thing about inclusion and thinking openly is the flexibility in thought.✨
Instead of thinking about what we always do, we start to think about what we can do to increase access for all our kiddos. Providing supports is necessary, but creating barrier-free environments is ideal. 💕
Supports are not add-ons, they are simply supports. I know so many of us are expected to take these supports and put them in an official adaptation form. I understand why- but that makes it an add-on. We all need a little support or a lot of support at different times. 😘
My thought for you is to think of education as complementary and not compensatory.
👎A compensatory system perpetuates the notion of normal vs difference. It stems from the idea of ‘making up for problems’ through the add-ons. These add-ons or supplementary programs aim to help, but often lead to a divisive or fragmented system.
👍A complementary system is based on the notion of complementing the individual. So rather than adding supplemental programs to ‘fix’ challenges, a complementary system increases access by meeting each kiddo where they are.
I doubt we will change the structure of jurisdictional systems over night- BUT we can employ some basic strategies in our classrooms and in our schools to start employing a more inclusive approach to education. ❤️
- collaboration: explore different perspectives, experiences, and understandings. - hold high expectations for all your students: but know your students well! High expectations need to be meaningful to each learner. - learn: ask for help, read, listen, reflect✨ - remember, curriculums are guides- they are not carved in stone. Like us, each kiddo is on their own journey- support this journey.