Many people think inclusion just means including students with special education in their classrooms by meeting their needs, but they are wrong. Inclusion encompasses all differences and is critical for students to develop empathy and learn about people different from themselves. There are several organizations that have created lesson plans and programs to teach students what we refer to as the “secondary curriculum.” These programs are more easily implemented using technology. With technology, teachers can easily differentiate lessons around emotions, empathy, and cultures for students and meet students where they are at, just like with academic differentiation. Students work better within their classes if they feel understood by their peers. Teaching empathy and tolerance allows students to be heard while becoming more culturally competent. Below are several articles and resources on building a more inclusive environment for students.
This article shows how Google Classroom can help students overcome negative self-images and empower them to want to learn.
Strategies to teach empathy.
Includes resources on how to teach tolerance.
This website includes lesson plans for different grade levels on how to teach different cultures.
10 tips on how to teach culture.
Effective teaching strategies for students in inclusive classrooms.
“School of EducationTraining & Technical Assistance Center.” William and Mary School of Education, education.wm.edu/centers/ttac/resources/articles/inclusion/effectiveteach/.