Inclusive Practice

There are five key factors that influence the students learning, they are the student, tutor, subject being taught, how it is being taught and the environment.

The tutors, departments and the college mission statement influence the culture of the college. Before I enter into the classroom I have my own set of values and beliefs and students have to negotiate a whole new learning environment, each student is unique and will bring their own experiences, preferences and learning styles to the learning process.

Each student’s background and experiences will vary and can impact on their perceptions of themselves, on their sense of identity, on their sense of belonging and their ability to learn.

Identifying the needs is the first step where the tutor should find out what the needs are of the organisation, curriculum and students. Gravells (2008) states ‘depending on what you are going to teach, there are many roles and responsibilities. For example, it is important to get to know the students you are going to teach and how you are going to document your students’ progress’. This enables me to prepare a scheme of work and session plans, reflecting inclusive learning, meeting the needs of the students, the curriculum and unit guidance.

To be able to deliver effective and inclusive teaching sessions a framework is necessary. The teaching training cycle gives me a basic framework that is flexible and adaptable. Identifying needs and planning, designing with planning, facilitating, assessing and evaluating, which then feeds back into identifying needs stage.

Blooms (1956) stated that learning goes through stages, these are called domains, cognitive, affective and psychomotor, when planning learning I need to consider which domain I want to reach.

I am influenced by a variety of theorists, whether I am aware of it or not, I use many theories effectively when planning and writing schemes of work and session plans. Incorporating activities, which will...