Unformatted text preview: Critical Dimensions of Inclusive Classrooms What is Inclusion? http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7728218326826247234 Dr. Joe Petner, principal of Haggerty Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been on the forefront of inclusion for decades. "I see the work of inclusion as probably the last frontier of desegregation," Petner says. Marlene Orellana sought out Haggerty for her son, Nathaniel, who has autism. "As soon as I walked in through the door with my husband," she said, "we said `this is it.' It feels like home." 5 critical factors for successful inclusion
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. A sense of community and social acceptance An appreciation of student diversity Attention to curricular needs Effective management and instruction Personnel support and collaboration Teacher's critical role: Create a positive classroom environment Value and nurture every student Maintain positive attitudes about all diversity Hold highexpectations Educate students about disabilities and diversity Facilitate interactions and acceptance Sense of Community and Social Acceptance Does my school promote a sense of community and social acceptance? Are students with disabilities teased by other students? Do students with disabilities seem to enjoy being in the general ed classroom? Do students without disabilities voluntarily include students with disabilities in activities? Cont'd
Do students without disabilities value the ideas and opinions of students with disabilities (and vice versa)? Do students with disabilities consider the general education classroom to be their "real" class? Appreciation of Student Diversity
Get to know and understand each student Recognize and respond to each student's educational needs Be sensitive to the cultural, community, and family values that affect students' experiences Attention to Curricular Needs Neglecting students' curricular needs may lead to behavior problems Examine the curriculum Adjust the curriculum so that is accessible to students with disabilities Vary the curriculum Modify the curriculum Effective Management and Instruction 4 elements: Successful classroom management Physical, procedural, instructional, behavior management Effective instructional techniques Appropriate accommodative practices Instructional flexibility Differentiated Instruction Planning and implementing curricula and instruction to address the diverse learning needs of students Vary elements of the curriculum: Content Process Product Affect Learning Environment Service providers work together to provide support Assist general education teachers through collaborative models: Collaborationconsultation Peer support systems Teacher assistance teams Coteaching Administrative support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BKCur0DvRo Personnel Support and Collaboration What is Inclusion?
Inclusion: is NOT just a disability issue. is about ALL of us. treasures diversity. maximizes individual growth. builds community. assumes that ALL students belong in general ed ...
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This note was uploaded on 06/08/2008 for the course ALD 322 taught by Professor Patton during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.
- Spring '08