8 IMPORTANT FACTORS FOR CREATING AN INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM
from Teaching to Diversity
by Dr. Jennifer Katz
In Teaching to Diversity, Dr. Katz provides a wealth of tools and information for creating inclusive classrooms. She focuses on how to diversify curriculum, instruction, and assessment in such a way that even students who have previously not been able to participate in classroom activities can now be actively involved. She explains the importance of the following factors when planning instruction and activities for all students.
- Class climate: Adopt practices that reflect high values with respect to both diversity and inclusiveness.
- Interaction: Encourage regular and effective interactions among students, and between students and the instructor. Ensure that communication methods are accessible to all participants.
- Physical environments and products: Ensure that facilities, activities, materials, and equipment are physically accessible to and usable by all students, and that all potential student characteristics are addressed in the safety considerations.
- Instructional standards: Maintain high expectations for all learners, and provide supports to help them reach these standards.
- Delivery methods: Use multiple instructional methods that are accessible to all learners.
- Information resources and technology: Ensure that course materials, notes, and other information resources are engaging, flexible, and accessible for all students.
- Feedback: Provide specific feedback on a regular basis.
- Assessment: Assess student progress regularly, using multiple accessible methods and tools, and adjust instruction accordingly.