That is to ensure all learners regardless of diversity, have access to a meaningful, relevant curriculum that allows them to showcase their individual skills and experience success at multiple points along the learning continuum. Differentiated Instruction A constant struggle for inclusive education teachers is providing a unique, meaningful curriculum that’s focuses on each individual student’s strengths and learning profiles. At the same time teacher’s are under pressure to meet rigorous assessment and reporting frameworks. Differentiated Instruction emphasises the need for students to participate in an education that addresses rigorous conte... ... middle of paper ... ... and experienced by each of the students. In doing so, new knowledge and understandings will be reinforced for each of the students.
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As teachers we should focus on the importance of creating supportive learning environments which instil the notion of inclusivity of all students, with or without disabilities. As students enter the classroom they bring a mixture of cultural, academic and behavioural diversity with them (Watkins, 2005). As teachers we need to embrace the unique qualities that each student holds and make the most of this diversity to enhance the learning outcomes of all students. This critical reflection aims to identify how teachers can set up the learning environment to specifically maximise teaching and learning for all. In correspondence to each idea mentioned, I will also reflect on some potential advantages and challenges that beginning teachers may encounter when implementing these practices into the classroom.
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Policies and legislation have set the standard for an inclusive education system that values all students, regardless of difference. As a preservice teacher about to enter into the teaching profession it will be my responsibility to cultivate optimum teaching and learning experiences that will support all students’ social, emotional and academic development. Whilst this task does seem daunting and challenging, it is also exciting to be one of the many pioneers who will contribute to an educational reform, resulting in the ideal of inclusive education. Within my classroom there may be learners who are: visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically disabled, ADHD, ASD, bereaved, affected by trauma, or gifted and talented, only to name a few considerations. How will it be possible for me to provide access to learning that will enhance social, emotional and academic development for every student within my classroom?
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