This learning activity will help you to explore the resources you can use to create inclusive learning environments.
Objective - This learning activity will help you to explore the resources you can use to create inclusive learning environments.
Time - around 15 min
Steps: Inspiration and resources for quality education for all learners can be found in many people, in many places, and in many forms and materials. In that abundance, the trick is to search purposefully for knowledge and resources that really contribute to your professional development towards inclusion.
What is my goal/learning question?
A goal-oriented search for resources always starts with setting a goal: what do you want to learn/what do you want to achieve when you think of an inclusive learning environment? A well thought out goal is usually a SMARTI goal, a goal that is:
Don't you see an immediate goal yet? Some people find it easier to formulate a learning question first. To turn a question into a learning question, start, for example, with ‘How can I...?’ A good learning question matters to your practice: 'If I can answer this question, it would benefit me, our learners, our school, ... '.
What kind of support am I looking for?
Based on the goal you set, what kind of support are you looking for?
What or who could bring this kind of support?
Who or what seems like an interesting starting point to me?
The resources cannot be strictly distinguished from each other. On the one hand, they focus on what can help you (e.g. helping thoughts, knowledge or information,...), on the other hand on who can do this (e.g. a critical friend, pupils, and parents,...). This means that you can combine resources. For example, you can talk to a critical friend to explore the knowledge center together, ask someone in your social network for information, or reflect together with a colleague on thoughts or beliefs that might help you achieve your goal. The order in which you think about possible resources is not linear. There are many ways to think of possible resources.