Is It Inclusion?
Confused about inclusion and what a student's experience is like in an inclusive classroom? Use this handy chart to help you understand what inclusion is and isn't!
|Child spends the majority of the day in the general education classroom.||Child spends the majority of the day in a special education classroom and goes to a general education classroom for one or two periods.|
|Child's desk is included with the other groups of desks in the classroom.||Child's desk is away from the other desks in the classroom.|
|Child has access to and is included in classroom lessons and activities that are adapted or modified to meet his/her special needs.||Child works on his/her own curriculum.|
|Child attends outside activities with the class including assemblies, field trips, enrichment classes, and recess.||Child is given alternate activities and options with other special education students.|
|Child is an independent, valued, and respected classroom member.||Child is looked upon as helpless, needy, and dependent.|
|The child's paraprofessional facilitates access to the curriculum and classroom activities.||The child's paraprofessional determines access to the curriculum and classroom activities.|
|The paraprofessional encourages child to complete work as independently as possible, while providing support when needed.||The paraprofessional does not provide many opportunities for the child to complete work independently and "hovers."|
|Child receives specialist support (therapy, speech, and language) with minimal disruption to the class routine and program.||Child is pulled from the classroom lessons and activities for specialist suport without consideration for what the child will miss.|
|The teacher can identify your child's strengths and areas for improvement.||The teacher refers to the specialists and paraprofessionals to identify child's development.|
|Child can name classmates and has many common classroom experiences.||Child does not know classmates and does not have many common classroom experiences.|
Nicole Eredics is an educator who specializes in the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education classroom. She draws upon her years of experience as a full inclusion teacher to write, speak, and consult on the topic of inclusive education to various national and international organizations. She specializes in giving practical and easy-to-use solutions for inclusion. Nicole is creator of The Inclusive Class blog and author of a new guidebook for teachers and parents called, Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify Your Curriculum. For more information about Nicole and all her work, visit her website.