Creating an environment that encourages inclusion students to feel welcome and confident in a general education classroom.

“I feel very strongly that teachers should include students with disabilities in the general education classroom. An inclusive classroom environment is critical for building confidence, self-esteem, and a permanent sense of normalcy for students with disabilities. They get the same attention as other students, don’t feel secluded, and don’t feel uncomfortable when answering questions.

“There are many things that teachers can do to make sure that we create that inclusive environment. You can: ensure that you understand the range and complexity of disability types; understand the unique needs of each student; apply the human elements that students need to feel safe and included i.e. first choice in roles during group work; use specific actions such as having students use a specific hand to indicate whether they know the answer to a question; understand the individual disabilities and unique needs of each student, and implementing simple routines that are outside the legal accommodations, helps foster a lasting sense of belonging.

“Understanding the individual disabilities and unique needs of each student, and implementing simple routines that are outside the legal accommodations, helps foster a lasting sense of belonging.”

Jemelleh Coes

Jemelleh Coes has been in education for 8 years. She specializes in middle grades Language Arts and Reading with a focus in Special Education. In 2014, Jemelleh served as Georgia’s Teacher of the Year. She currently assists with the preparation of... Full Bio