Inclusivity and Belonging in the Classroom
Southern New Hampshire University
Inclusivity is a term often used in special education to describe the integration of students with disabilities into the general education setting. Inclusivity, however, can also refer to the feeling of being included, in other words, a sense of belonging. As a future educator, it is essential to create a welcoming classroom environment in which every single student feels safe, included, and represented in the classroom. The following presentation describes the importance of creating a classroom environment of belonging where every student feels accepted, respected, and valued, several practices to create this environment, and the benefits for students of a classroom of belonging.