The Oxford Dictionary defines Inclusion as: “1. The action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure; 1.1 A person or thing that is included in the whole”. In order to state my intentions of inclusion within my classroom setting I have created a manifesto to clearly mark the various points of inclusion that I believe to be important in every classroom in every school, why I believe they are important and how I will implement them into my classroom and teaching practice.
All students must be included and have the right to learn in a positive learning environment, no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, physical or mental abilities or disabilities. It is the responsibility of teachers to follow the guidelines of the MELS competencies and in this instance, MELS competency 7, “To adapt his or her teaching to the needs and characteristics of students with learning disabilities, social maladjustments or handicaps”.
Within my classroom and learning environment, I will ensure that all students feel that they are in a safe and respected environment that will promote learning on all levels and will make every effort to accommodate the various needs of all students. By providing opportunities for socialization within different peer groups, all students have an equal chance to make friends and learn from each other. I feel that it is important for students to socialize in order to gain appreciation and understand the differences of others, be able to learn from these differences and have mutual respect.
The learning environment is also a critical aspect of inclusion. All students must be able to participate in all aspects of learning, no matter their needs. Means of support for students with special needs will be provided, whether it is in the form of an aid or an environmental adjustment. If there are adaptations to the environment based on students needs, they will be addressed and made accordingly.
When planning field trips, they will be planned with every student in mind so that every student is able to participate and gain experiences from the field trip.
My teaching style is flexible and will be adjusted to meet the needs of every student in my class. Whether students are auditory, sensory, kinaesthetic, or visual learners, all learning styles will be addressed throughout the school year so that all students will have the opportunity to discover their personal leaning style and benefit in learning to the fullest extent.
The support of parents and families is encouraged in my classroom environment and I value input from parents when addressing individual students needs. I believe that the core values of inclusion are take seed at home and I will work with parents in order to create the most inclusive environment possible.
In order for positive learning to take place, it is essential to provide an inclusive and safe environment. To build community, promote self esteem and provide learning opportunities, no matter a students background or abilities, my classroom will provide an inclusive environment in which all students will have the opportunity to be leaders and work together as a cohesive unit.
 Inclusion. 2014. In oxforddictionaries.com
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