Date
20 November 2019

Focus on what a student can do and their next steps

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Planning learning where everyone can participate and achieve’

Use inclusive language

Use inclusive language

As a teaching team, discuss the language you use to describe students’ well-being and their learning needs.

Consider the impact of identifying students through phrases such as “struggling readers”, “low achievers”, “special needs students,” or “slow learners”.

Instead take an evidence-based approach. Focus on what students can do and articulate next steps in their learning that both the students and their families can understand and embrace.

Consider social attitudes towards students

Consider social attitudes towards students

Use these videos to reflect on attitudes and beliefs towards inclusive practices.

Encourage peer-to-peer support

Encourage peer-to-peer support

To support a peer prepare for their first school camp, students at Houghton Valley School made a book using digital photos with captions.  

Engage with student perspectives

Engage with student perspectives

In the first part of this video students share their views on what inclusion means to them.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Shared clarity on next learning steps

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Plan for everyone to participate and achieve”:

Return to the guide “Developing an inclusive classroom culture ”

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