Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities
I think it is imperative that teachers be all inclusive in the classroom and fully support student participation. This can only happen if the student has a good relationship with the teacher. One of mutual respect. For the student to fully engage they must feel safe and supported by their teacher and environment.
We know that students respond differently to different learning styles, so to support participation and engagement it is important to use a range of strategies that cater to these different styles. Some examples might be:
- Using ICT
- Using visual aids
- Doing demonstrations, I do, we do, you do.
- Incorporating games & physical activities
Being culturally aware is also important to keep in mind when talking about inclusivity. Being mindful of the cultures and backgrounds of students so that you show respect and make appropriate anecdotes etc. An example of this on a practical level is the need for leather shoes to participate in a practical class. Knowing that some of the students at the school I was at came from low socio economic backgrounds, we did have a cupboard of loan shoes so that students could still participate.
I feel it’s very important for teachers to encourage and support their students, and in turn participation and inclusivity will ensue.