The Inclusive Learning Team was founded by a group of passionate, driven Michigan State University pre-service teachers and educators in order to promote the safe, inclusive learning environment that we base a majority of our lesson plans on for our own English curriculums for students in and around the university. In 2015, Dr. Ellen Cushman approached five English education students and a website manager to create a database of lessons, activities and resources that promote the ideals of inclusive learning in the classroom. This space serves as an open forum for all types of inclusive lessons and resources to serve as its own resource for educators and students around the world to reference as a benefit for their own classroom techniques and those in their schools and districts.
Who we are
Inclusive Learning aims to first and foremost foster collaboration between Michigan State University interns and pre-service teachers with local mentor teachers while looking to expand its reach to schools and campuses throughout the state and country. We hope to bring awareness to the importance of classroom climate to assist educators with learning and growth of their students as learners and human beings at any and all age levels. By highlighting the interactions between individual, peer-to-peer, small group and full class work teachers can access inclusive lesson plans to supplement classroom and unit work within their curriculum to promote the welfare of all students in the classroom from any background, culture and lived experience.
Inclusive Learning’s navigation system of activities were created to highlight the importance in focusing on student interaction and the relationships between students and teachers before really diving into learning and discussion. We first need to foster a student-to-student and student-to-teacher relationship where students and teachers feel comfortable being vulnerable with one another in discussion and classroom environment and use that to build a safe place for students and teachers in order to dive deeper into engaged learning without fear of being outcast by anyone in the classroom.
When you click on the Activities tab, you will encounter a hierarchy of classroom activities that are separated to serve both students and educators on multiple levels of interactions within the classroom. The first step, classroom community, engages in activities based on building relationships between the students based on safe self-exploration in each other’s presence. Students are encouraged to not share more than they are willing to as to not feel uncomfortable in the classroom environment. From here, you will find the activities broken into four distinct categories based on size of group: individual, peer-to-peer, small group and full class. While it can function as a linear map for educators to follow to allow the students to trust in each other and the classroom community, these activities should be balanced and interspersed throughout each semester based on students’ trust level in their educator and each other to promote the strongest classroom community and expand their boundaries for classroom interaction and discussion.
While the immediate goal for Inclusive Learning is to encourage our Michigan State University pre-service teachers and interns to share their lesson plans and collaborate in inclusive learning styles, we hope to expand our reach to gain other perspectives to assist other educators in making smarter decisions inside and outside of the classroom to create more well-rounded educators and educational resources while still promoting the importance of inclusive teaching and inclusive learning for students and teachers. If you want to add to our database or provide resources for our educators and pre-service teachers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.