Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued, and safe. An inclusive community evolves to meet the needs of its members. At Moos , we embrace inclusion as a means of enhancing the well-being of every member of our school community.
Inclusion at a Glance
In an inclusion classroom, general education teachers and special education teachers work together to meet the needs of students.
This type of classroom gives special education students the support they need and allows them to stay in the least restrictive environment.
All students can benefit from the additional resources and supportive techniques used in an inclusion classroom.
Benefits of Inclusion
All students learn differently. This is a principal of inclusive education. One key teaching strategy is to break students into small groups. By using small groups, teaching can be tailored to the way each student learns best.
Supported Teaching Strategies
In an inclusive classroom, teachers weave in specially designed instruction and support that can help students make progress. Kids may be given opportunities to move around or use fidgets. These strategies are helpful for all students—not only for students with learning and attention issues.
Inclusive classrooms are filled with diverse learners. That lets kids talk about how everyone learns in their own way. They may find that they have more in common with other kids than they thought. This can go a long way in reducing stigma for kids with learning and attention issues.
Effective Use of Resources
In more traditional special education settings, many kids are “pulled out” for related services, like speech therapy or for other specialized instruction. An inclusion class often brings speech therapists, social workers and other service providers into the classroom. These professionals can provide information and suggestions to help all students. If your child isn’t eligible for special education, but still needs some extra support, it can provide him with some informal support.
High Expectations of All
If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), his goals should be based on the academic standards for your state. Those standards lay out what all students are expected to learn in math, reading, science and other subjects by the end of the school year. Differentiated instruction and co-teaching in a general education classroom make it easier for students with standards-based IEPs to be taught the same material as their classmates.