Inclusion means that all people have the right to learn in a space that is safe, accommodating, and celebratory of student individuality. I believe that each student posses an inmate desire to learn and succeed regardless of their race, religious or political beliefs, age, gender, sexuality, appearance, physical or psychological differences. In my classroom, all people are welcome and celebrated for their individuality.
Ethics and Religious Culture
To teach inclusion is to be inclusive. In my classroom, we celebrate with all our students. That means that, in December, you will see Christmas trees, Menorahs and Kinaras. These holidays of light bring our classroom family together in commemoration of the joy of being together with family and friends.
My class painted menorahs in a sponge-art activity. To see our other Hanukkah activities, please click below.
After spending a full week on Hanukkah, we introduced our students to Kwanzaa. We had students compare Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to find the similarities. There was particular focus on the Kinara so as to not have it be confused with the Menorah. Though my stage ended in early December, I hope to do more activities for Kwanzaa and other holidays in the future.
We all learn differently! Every classroom has a multitude of learning styles and exceptionalities. Diverse learners enhance our classrooms and provide enrichment opportunities for our community of learners.
Click HERE to see how I use the class environment to differentiate instruction and welcome diverse learners.