Teaching Strategies for Inclusive Education

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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? This paper will discuss ways that the teacher may set up the learning environment to maximise teaching and learning, highlighting some potential advantages and difficulties of implementing such practices as a new teacher. Firstly, it is important that during planning I consider what it is all students need to learn and the best teaching and learning strategies available to deliver this content. It is argued by van Kraayenoord & Elkins (2009) that teachers should initially design and plan inclusive curricula, instruction and assessment using the concept of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This concept takes into account that all students are unique and have various strengths, weaknesses, and interests. However, rather than the teacher adapting curriculum to specific individual’s needs during planning the t... ... middle of paper ... ...n successful design of the inclusive class. As a new teacher setting up the learning environment using the described strategies will have its difficulties. However in order to alleviate any fears I possess it is important that I become familiar with existing practices of successful differentiated instruction, engage in professional development and discussions, build relationships within the class and beyond the school. In addition to this, one of the most important practices for me as a teacher is that of reflection. As a new teacher I am sure I will make mistakes, but it is what I learn from these mistakes that will make all of the difference for my teaching and students learning. The advantages of setting up the learning environment using such strategies will be obvious in the successful social, emotional and academic development of all students within my class.
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