Show notes Episode Three: Inclusive Education
Different philosophies and approach to teaching have made their way into the classroom. While there are many different pedagogies to education, Inclusive Education is an approach that.
· Known as a pioneer of Inclusive Education
· “Each Belongs not because he or she can do something or cannot do something but because he or she is.”- J. Hansen
· In 1968 developed a committee with Pat Brennan to analyze Special Education. By the following year The Catholic School Board in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) was the first to integrate exceptional learners into mainstream classrooms
· Jim’s vision of “Each Belongs” inspired educators from across the globe and has impacted how schools today teach students of various diversity.
· “Every Child is Special. We are going to make cliché more than a cliché. It had nothing to do with handicapped people, except how can you have child-centered schools if you excluded any kid?”
· A method of teaching where the focus is educating students in one classroom rather than separating students with disabilities into specialty classrooms or schools. Ensuring that exceptional learners are provided the support and accommodations need to thrive in mainstream classrooms.
· Pros: Inclusive Education allows every child to feel like a student amongst their peers. Helps to build social skills and improve a child’s emotional well-being.
What Does Inclusion Look Like
· Inclusion will vary from class to class.
· Some approaches included:
o Consultation-Through third-party help build the skills and knowledge of teacher and parents that work with the student directly.
o Co-Teaching- Two teachers work together to teach. It some cases this could consist of the general education teacher working with the special education teacher.
o Environment and atmosphere – Creating a learning environment that’s are least restrictive. Permitting the student to move around safely and freely.