By Teachers, For Teachers
Alto, baritone, soprano, and tenor offer different voices, but together they produce harmonious sounds.
Inclusion, also composed of diverse but valuable collaborative voices, is intended to yield melodic classroom performances. Inclusion occurs through team efforts with scores of players accompanying each other. Each voice is a valuable one that comprises an inclusive chorus.
Administrators, educators, families, students, and related staff are a few of the inclusive collaborators. When educators stand side-by-side to reach and teach students with administrative and family support in place, inclusion collaboration is achieved.
This type of collaboration results in diverse voices honoring one another to produce ongoing quality performances. Ultimately, effective collaboration sets the stage for many academic, social, behavioral, and emotional ovations for students who learn together in inclusive classrooms.
A. Substitute the pronoun in the title from Do I… to Do We!
B. Wherever you see or say the word, my, think OUR!
C. Learn to collaborate and collaborate to learn!
The checklist below is from a book I authored, Inclusion Strategies and Interventions, and invites educators to continually sharpen their inclusive voices.
Check off the appropriate column that best answers each descriptor:
|Create a comfortable, accepting learning environment?|
|Have a positive attitude with high expectations for all students?|
|Keep an organized classroom?|
|Establish students' prior knowledge?|
|State my lessons' objectives?|
|Respect my students' individual interests, strengths, and levels within different instructional deliveries?|
|Believe in varying the types of assessments?|
|Offer students timely feedback on their progress?|
|Set up a system that monitors students' levels and progress at regular intervals throughout the school year (for example: each marking period?)|
|Develop strategic learners who are aware of how they learn?|
|Offer help but not enable the students?|
|Share students' progress with their families?|
|Regularly communicate with my grade-level colleagues, co-teachers, team members, and other staff?|
|Continually research best practices learned from independent research, workshops, and conferences?|
|Believe that learning is an evolutionary process?|
|Admit that I do not always have the answers?|
What tips do you have for inclusion collaboration? Share in the comments section!
Source: Adapted from Inclusion: Lesson Plan Book for the 21st Century by Toby Karten, 2010.