Inclusive learning environments
Inclusivity and Diversity
Video1: Introduction to Inclusivity
What is important to think about when you are dealing with inclusivity?
- Ensure that you plan your lessons accordingly. Know your students, understand their disabilities, and identify how you can help your students in the classroom setting.
- It is important to have knowledge. Not just about the students, but about how you can support the students, and who you can refer your students on to. So if you discover a student is dyslexic during the course of the year, then you can support them, and refer them on to student support services.
- Be consistent, and have a consistent approach in the classroom, with all students. That comes down to good classroom practice.
- Planning is really important. The most important thing is to know who is going to be in your class before you start, so you can have an idea of if there are going to be students with particular disabilities, and you can be prepared. It is not very good if you walk into a lecture room and find out there is someone there who has specific needs, and you’re just not prepared for it. So any pre-planning you can do is always vital.
- Student: As a student, the classes that I enjoy the most are those when everything is ready. Computers on, and the tutor is consistent in giving us notes a week or two beforehand so we can prepare ourselves as students.
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