Strategies for the
Grand Canyon University
SPD 540- Learning Environments for Students with Disabilities
January 30, 2018
Inclusion classrooms benefit children of all ages, races, gender, disabilities, and abilities.
Teach students with and without exceptionalities
Help meet the needs of all individuals
Treat all students equal
Strategies for an Inclusion Classroom
Creating expectations for personal and social behavior
Supporting and promoting social skills for all students
Creating activities that encourage active participation
Creating an environment that supports positive intercultural and intracultural experiences
Incorporating collaborative groups and project-based learning activities to promote self-determination and self-advocacy
Expectations for Personal and Social Behavior
of Exceptional Students
Supporting and promoting social skills for individuals with exceptionalities
Create a positive classroom environment
Discuss, model and reward positive behavior daily
Incorporate group activities
Structured leisure time (play board games)
Encourage students to respect each others
personal space, use manners, and take turns
Teach students to express their emotions
in a safe and positive way
Strategies that encourage active participation for individuals with and without exceptionalities
Create lessons that are interactive
SMARTboard, games, hands-on activities
Utilize multiple teaching strategies to engage all learners
Incorporate project-based and cooperative learning into lessons/activities
Call on students during lessons
Practice Think, Pair, Share
Culture in the Classroom
Individuals from different cultures
Individuals/members of the same cultural group
Creating Learning Environments that support positive intracultural and intercultural experiences
Have students write and share stories
Read books with culturally diverse characters, cultures, and holidays.
Create opportunities for students to role play
Incorporate materials from different cultures; (food, clothing, language, etc.)
Be open-minded to a variety of different cultures
Have students be respectful of each others differences
Collaborative Learning Activities to Help Students Practice Self Determination and Self Advocacy Skills
Given students opportunities to work together; problem solving
Think, Pair, Share
Work on shared tasks (matching, sorting, ranking)
Incorporate Choice Making
Project-Based Activities to Help Students Practice Self Determination and Self Advocacy Skills
Hold students responsible for their part of a group project
Incorporate choice making: how the project will be done, who will do which part). Have students decide!
Create goals that are achievable and realistic
Think, Pair, Share
Utilize technology (SMART board, computer,
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