Sunday, June 23, 2013
Sometimes I think we make "inclusion" far to complicated. But the flip side of that is that other times I feel we oversimplify it. Inclusion is about recognizing that all students need flexible structures so that each is able learn. We can't make blanket statements about student ability and then just "put them" in a specific place. We need to be continually evaluating and responding to both their learning and ours. We need to recognize learning as a dynamic social process. For those who do not fit in the box, we need to be researching and trying other possible ways to enhance their learning. Concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Response to Intervention and Instruction (RTII) need to be approriately and flexibly applied. Sue Buckley does an excellent job of speaking to this in her post "Every School Should be Inclusive".