Goal: Discover how inclusive you (and your school) already are and get inspired to take the next step towards teaching all pupils.
Time investment: 2hrs
People involved: School team (or professional learning community in the school) and/or individual educational professionals.
Start by reading our summary of inclusive pedagogy. Lani Florian is one of the founders of inclusive pedagogy and she describes inclusive pedagogy as “By adopting the assumption that difference is normal, all teachers share responsibility and are considered competent to teach all learners”. We translated this in three key phrases:
Next you observe your school and note what you see, do or think that can be linked to one of the key phrases. You can do this individually, as a preparation for a group discussion or do this as a group with your team. Observing your school might involve:
Now put the framework of inclusive pedagogy and your observations side by side. Use the framework as a lens to look at your reality. How do your observations link to the inclusive pedagogy framework?
At the end of the exercise, take some time to reflect. You can do this immediately after doing the exercise, or allow some time to let the exercise sink in. We do advise to plan this reflection no later than one week after doing the exercise. Some reflective questions might help