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An inclusive classroom environment is designed to provide all students with the same education and opportunites. It is about creating a welcoming environment that embraces, everyone, regardless of their backgrounds or abilities. By accommodating students’ needs and acknowledging their diverse experiences, teachers can make their classroom an inviting space that encourages learning. 

Establish Expectations

According to a study conducted in 2020, creating an inclusive classroom environment can help reduce feelings of shame and fear among students with disabilities. It can also help decrease bullying and develop positive relationships between students of all abilities.


Teachers’ low expectations for their students have hindered the implementation of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) implementation. A study by Bryan Cook and David Cameron revealed that having high expectations can help improve the academic performance of students with disabilities. Setting high standards for your students can signal that you believe in their abilities and potential.



Create Rules

Establishing non-negotiable rules in the classroom such as no bullying and manners can help your students understand the importance of respecting their peers. These rules may include no foul language, no physical violence or no putdowns. By giving rules, we create a framework where everyone can feel safe and thrive.


Give Children Some Autonomy

In November 2020, Sarah Schroeder of Edutopia explained that children having no choice or autonomy in how they are assessed can lead them to narrow views of learning, affecting how they learn.


So instead of having a written test after every unit, give students the option of choosing how they demonstrate their knowledge. These activities could include writing a blog, making a video, or creating a poster.


If students are required to take exams, consider allowing them to complete unique personal projects as well. This can help them develop their self-esteem and confidence, as they will be able to make their own decisions based on their interests.