Understanding and Responding to Children’s Needs in Inclusive Classrooms. A Guide for Teachers is a must-read for educators handling students with special needs.
A teacher’s job is not easy. You may have big classes of 40 and more pupils – all of them individuals! Having children with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds in your class often means more work but it need not be so. You can manage differences among the children if:
- You can recognise children’s strengths and weaknesses and plan your lessons accordingly;
- You know how children’s learning can be affected by disabilities and deprivation and you use teaching strategies for overcoming these difficulties;
- You have confidence in your own abilities as a teacher to plan lessons for individuals and adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of all children;
- You get help and support from colleagues, parents and other professionals, such as community and health workers.
- You believe that all children have the right to education and that all can learn.
This Guide is designed to help you do all these.
The Guide has four main aims:
- To provide teachers with key facts about various impairments and deprivations and how to overcome the most common learning difficulties that result from them.
- To inform teachers what they can reasonably do to adapt the classroom and school environment to overcome the barriers to learning faced by children with impairments.
- To describe strategies teachers can use to respond to the diversity of children in their classrooms and show some ideas how the curriculum can be adapted to individual needs.
- To encourage teachers to work with families and with other personnel in health and social services and in the community.