Lead By Example

You as teacher, more than anyone else, can show the other students in your class that you expect them to include the students who have disabilities, and how they can do this. Below the story you will find several reminders.

  • Engage with students who have a disability directly when you speak to them, rather than speaking through their educational assistant. (You can include the EA with brief eye contact.)

  • Speak to them as you would their other classmates. If you talk to them as if they are different, other students will treat them as if they are different.

  • Give them the same assignments as their peers, but modified to their ability level.

  • Be inclusive in the way you set up classroom and small group seating.

  • Support the students who have a disability to participate actively in classroom activities and opportunities. Be creative. Find do-able tasks. Good preparation of educational assistants and peer leaders can help. It does not mean that every student will do the same thing, but every student can have a place and contribute.

  • Try to make interaction with the student who has a disability attractive to their classmates.

  • Set up one-on-one partnering so that students who wish to participate in more complex activities such as dance and drama can do so. Promote the recognition that such partnered participation can bring a new element of surprise and creativity to performances.

  • Enable opportunities for giving to others. Being able to give is a fundamental source of human dignity and a basic privilege of citizenship. Giving can take many forms - welcoming visitors, making cards for birthdays, helping in the preparation of refreshments. Thank students for their contribution.

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