Three Lessons Learned About Inclusion From My Marathon Journey
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8M ago
Author, blogger, and cerebral palsy (CP) advocate, Zachary Fenell, is back on our blog with a story about inclusion and a marthon. Read below to find out how the two intersected and changed Zachary's life in ways in couldn't have imagined. For the full story, check out Zachary's new book, Slow and Cerebral. Discussing inclusion proves important. Through such discussion we learn from each other. Gathering ideas which will help inclusion thrive. Exactly why I approached Nicole and asked about providing a new guest post for The Inclusive Class blog.  A lot has happened since my la ..read more
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The Effects of Presuming Competence on Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom
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9M ago
Ms. B is a teacher at XYZ Middle School. She has 32 students of various abilities in her class, including a student with intellectual disabilities. The student with intellectual disabilities has the support of a paraprofessional who facilitates access to the curriculum. Ms. B is about to plan for an upcoming unit on plants. The grade-level learning outcomes require students to understand the structure of plants and plant biology. She wonders if the topic and content will be too challenging for her student with intellectual disabilities to understand. Ms. B is concerned that the student ..read more
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Is Your School Failing at Inclusion?
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1y ago
Is your school failing at inclusion? If you think your school is failing at inclusion, it does not mean that, "inclusion doesn't work". It actually means that your school is failing to successfully create an inclusive educational environment.  There are several components of inclusion that are absolutely critical to creating and providing meaningful, inclusive environments. It's important for educators and parents to know about these crucial aspects of inclusion in order to give students with disabilities opportunities to successfully learn and grow alongside their same-age pee ..read more
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Arizona TASH Inclusive Practices Institute
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1y ago
Check out resources and links to supplement my sessions at the Arizona TASH Inclusive Practices Institute on February 1, 2019.  (PC: Renay Marquez ..read more
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How to Make Accessible and Inclusive Education Materials for Students With and Without Disabilities
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1y ago
You've heard me say this many times. Inclusion isn’t a program. It’s the process of including students of all ability levels in our education system to the fullest extent possible. There are dozens of articles and books that cite the research on inclusion, describe the process and practice of inclusion, provide tips for writing inclusive IEPs, and name strategies for facilitating inclusion in the classroom.  I've written many times on the types of materials that are widely used in an inclusive classroom such as visual timers, highlighters, color-coded folders, and mor ..read more
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5 Tips to Make Your School Holiday Celebrations More Inclusive
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1y ago
It is well known that the month of December is a joyful and festive time in schools across North America. It signals the end of a term, a lengthy winter break, and a time during which many families engage in cultural celebrations.  In addition to daily lessons, students participate in concerts, pancake breakfasts, as well as arts and crafts activities during this time. December can be exciting for students! However, school holiday celebrations can also be a source of stress and anxiety. Students with attention issues can find the repetition of concert practice excrutiating. For studen ..read more
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10 Powerful Strategies for Teaching Students With Different Ability Levels in Your Classroom
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1y ago
55 million were out of school this past spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School districts and teachers scrambled to get their classes online with as little disruption to their student's education as possible.  However, despite school district's best efforts, students faced issues with equipment availability, poor Wifi, busy home environments, and declining mental health due to social isolation.  Even now, with some districts implementing a hybrid model of learning part-time at home and at school there is a struggle to maintain consistency, As a result, our students face ..read more
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Virtual Accommodations and Modifications
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1y ago
What do a beanbag chair, a living room couch, and a dining room table all have in common? They are just some of the many places where students in the U.S. are attending school this fall.  The 2020-2021 school year is like no other. Instead of walking to class, many students are now logging in to their laptops and desktop computers to watch their teachers deliver a daily lesson. While some students are thriving online, others are ..........READ MORE HERE.  ..read more
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Work with Me!
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1y ago
  Wondering how to make your school and classroom truly inclusive? Want to know more about the process of inclusion? Learn all you need to know about inclusion from an inclusion teacher!  I am passionate about inclusive education and love to share what I have learned from over 15 years as an inclusion classroom teacher. If you are eager to learn what inclusive education is, how to successfully include students with special needs in your classroom, advocate for inclusion or find resources, then we need to connect! I am available for keynote presentations, breakout sessio ..read more
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10 Easy Ways to Create an Inclusive Virtual Classroom
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1y ago
    Believe it or not, teachers can create inclusive learning environments even though students may not be physically present in the classroom this fall.  Using research-based teaching strategies and activities, teachers can build an online community that is inclusive of students with a wide variety of abilities and interests. These teaching techniques can facilitate inclusion. Thus, not only will the student be present in the daily lessons, but he or she will also be an active participant.  ..read more
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