What is Inclusion in the Classroom & What Are the Benefits?
The Universal Design for Learning, which we investigated in a recent blog post, argues against the idea of the “average” student. Instead of approaching a diverse classroom with lessons aimed toward the middle ground, UDL encourages educators to strive to reach each and every student according to his or her ability level, learning style, and unique interests.
In other words, the goal is to create an inclusive classroom environment.
Inclusion follows the UDL blueprint, presenting teachers with an exciting yet daunting challenge. How do you design classroom activities that don’t just accommodate but also engage a wide range of learners with different backgrounds and personalities? If your class includes students with special needs, how do you ensure that they receive the same personal support and quality education as their peers?
The Teacher’s Academy has you covered! “Supporting The Inclusion Classroom,” part of our extensive catalog of Act 48 approved courses for teachers in the Philadelphia area, offers resources to help educators understand inclusion and how to apply its principles every day to stimulate their mixed-ability students.
Participants in this six-hour online course will learn simple strategies for creating a welcoming classroom environment where everyone feels motivated and inspired. They’ll also have the hands-on opportunity to create their own inclusive activities, as well as time to reflect on everything they’ve learned.
There are numerous benefits to an inclusive classroom for students, teachers, and the entire school community. We highlighted a few of the key benefits in this infographic.
“Supporting The Inclusion Classroom” is a wonderful way for teachers to use their time this summer, both to earn Act 48 hours and reinvigorate their passion for education. Inclusion is a gateway to a more accepting world for all, and the shift can start with you!
If you would like to learn more about this course or any of our professional development courses for teachers in Montgomery County and the surrounding region, please browse our website. Questions and concerns can be addressed by giving us a call, sending us an email, or reaching out to us via an online contact form.