ISW Featured Activities

FEATURED ACTIVITY 1: “DECORATE YOUR ROOM FOR INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS WEEK”

Audience: Students and/or Faculty

Give students a chance to sum up their best traits while reviewing adjectives with this bulletin board decoration. Instruct each child to fill out the gift pattern, decorate it, and cut it out. Then invite each child to share the adjectives with the class.Display the completed gifts on a bulletin board. Read more…

FEATURED ACTIVITY 2: “GAB ABOUT YOUR GIFTS: CLASSROOM DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & ACTIVITIES”

Audience: Students

Start of each day of Inclusive Schools Week with a discussion about the gifts students have and how they can share them. Use a gift box as a prop and add to it each day after the discussion with our easy, yet powerful activities. Read more….

FEATURED ACTIVITY 3: “INCLUSIVE WORDS LOTTO”

Audience: Students

As a class, students brainstorm character traits they possess.Inclusive Schools Lotto is a quick, fun vocabulary game that can be played in pairs or individually. For more detailed instructions visit our website and read more…

FEATURED ACTIVITY 4: “WHY WE TEACH”

Audience: Faculty

This activity is a small group discussion that reconnects the participants to the reasons for teaching and the characteristics of effective teachers. The facilitator concludes by debriefing the last two questions on the participant form for the whole group.

FEATURED ACTIVITY 5: “THE WORD WALL AND THE ROCK”

Audience: Faculty

This activity involves group brainstorming and individual selection of the most meaningful word or words to serve as a paperweight. This rock paperweight will remind each participant of their commitment to support all learners.

FEATURED ACTIVITY 6: PROJECT UNIFY “GET INTO IT” CURRICULUM

Audience: Students

Special Olympics Get Into It consists of online resources that include lessons, activities, videos, athlete stories and supplemental materials. At the core of Get Into It are age-appropriate lessons designed to be taught in the context of class periods. Activities with ties to service learning are completed in a classroom or community setting, as part of a club, an afterschool activity or a community based event and include involvement with local Special Olympics Programs whenever possible.

FEATURED ACTIVITY 7: “INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS WEEK SLIDESHOW”

Audience: Students

Ask students to create Inclusive Schools Week cards or artwork including reasons why they like being part of an inclusive school. Create a slideshow of the students’ designs using Animoto or Photopeach to show your school’s commitment to inclusive education. Post the slideshow on your school website. Share your video with the Inclusive Schools Network!

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  • Christina Thomas October 3, 2015

    Hi Everyone,

    We are opening inclusive education schools in 2016.  Would like some feedback on what we are getting ready to do.  Our students will be hearing and visually impaired and regular students in the same classroom.  Our goal is to make sure that all our students learn Braille,  American Sign Language and be able to read with technology and without it. 

    • Inclusive Schools October 20, 2015

      The philosophy of inclusion is that students are first general education students and their needs are met within the context of the general education class to the greatest extent possible and as appropriate. Every school has a diverse population as all students are unique individuals. Thus as educators, we must differentiate for all students whether they are identified as requiring special education supports or not.  Given this premise, your campus will “celebrate” that all your students can learn.  They just learn in different ways; some students sign, some speak aloud, some utilize braille, some speak English and others speak languages from other countries. Celebrate that we are all alike is some ways yet unique in other ways. Students are very accepting of one another. 

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