At staff orientation earlier this month, I was asked by my admin what I want my impact to be. This same question was asked to each staff member last year. I am not sure how others answered last year or how they answered this year. BUT, my answer is still the same- I want my impact to be that each kiddo knows how much I value them and that I know they belong in our inclusive learning community.
I want all students to feel valued and to know they are valued. I want each student to know they are included in our community. I want them to feel important. I want them to know they belong because the feel it in our lessons, our planning, and our community. And I want the students to know that they are all capable learners.
Simply, I am describing what it means to be an inclusive teacher.
Inclusive teaching builds on the foundation that all students are included, heard, and all students are given a chance to fully participate in the learning process- in a way appropriate to their unique learning journey. In order to do this, we as teachers must acknowledge our bias, we must acknowledge the inequalities, and we must ask questions about the forces shaping our perceptions.
To develop this level of awareness, it is imperative teachers take time to reflect on their practice, review the curriculum, and become more aware of the complexities of inclusive practices. A few questions must be considered when becoming an inclusive teacher:
Setting up an inclusive classroom can be completed by separating your preparation and planning into two sections: Ensuring diverse perspectives are woven into your teaching & creating an inclusive and welcoming class community for all.
Ensuring diverse perspectives are woven into your teaching
I admit that this aspect is quite complex and takes a commitment to change. My Inclusive Classroom is releasing (SLOWLY) a series of free resources that can help you in starting the process of acknowledging, confronting, and changing your bias. This area is not only necessary, but important in continuing in your inclusive teaching journey. However, these changes take time and support. BUT the good news is two fold:
- YOU CAN CHANGE: set small goals, stay accountable, and commit to the process
- YOU CAN STILL BE AN INCLUSIVE TEACHER TODAY!!!! (keep reading)
Creating an inclusive and welcoming class community for all
CONCRETE EXAMPLES THAT YOU CAN DO IN YOUR CLASSROOM TO BUILD AN INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM
YOU GOT THIS TEACHERS!!!