Friday, August 8, 2014

Best classroom design for inclusion!

This week I attended a few professional development sessions in my special education department talking about integrating some special education techniques into the general education classroom, including sensory integration and my own session on expected/unexpected behaviors.


So when I came across this article about how to create an effective inclusion classroom, I had to share it. Including all kids in the classroom can be easily done if some care is given to the classroom set up.

From the article:

Classroom Environment:   Regardless of academic ability, every student can benefit from an environment that minimizes distractions and promotes learning. This can be helped by using minimal decorations and posters and eliminating unnecessary materials that could divert attention. You will also want to pay special attention to desk configuration, placing students with special needs toward the front of the room or away from those who could interfere with their progress. It is also helpful to have independent work space, or an area in your classroom for one-on-one instruction.

To read the entire article, visit the Scholastic Teachers site here:

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/classroom-solutions/2011/08/how-create-highly-effective-inclusion-classroom

And then be sure to share your best tips for designing a general education classroom that is welcoming and inclusive for all learners.

~Heather H.

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