On Wednesday, I went to a parents’ meeting at Beanie’s school. The kids were invited, too, and they would play with the teaching assistant while we met. The Bean saw some kids heading in, so she RAN ahead of me to the door. When she entered, she yelled, “Hi, Taylor! {fake name, of course…I do follow FERPA…}” Taylor made for the room, and the Bean hung up her coat and promptly followed, well ahead of me.

I always envisioned the Bean playing at school like she does everywhere else, kind of off in her own world, connecting only with the adults, who bothered to put forth the effort. Of course, she can name every kid in her class, which should have been a clue…

Nope, I entered the room to find Beanie in the middle of the group, well-acquainted and well-accepted. “Hi, Beanie!” everyone yelled. She joined right in, squealing and making her happy noises. By the time I caught up to her, she was mixed in with the others kids, joining in their fun.

This is inclusion, and this is how it should be. Beanie’s classmates (and Beanie herself) are learning that everybody is different, and that is all right. I was very glad that I was able to see this.

OTHER NEWS: Well, I’ve gone three days just checking my Facebook messages and wall, and checking Michigan Natural Parenting once. Spending less time online has not given me much time to focus on other things yet, but it will. Also, during Lent, I want to get back into the habit of opening the day with prayer (which has been delayed only due to the fact that I am constantly sick, which leads to my next goal…). And I want to spend each week really focusing on one of my New Year’s Resolutions. I’ll start at the beginning, and work on eating less poison. Stress eating and comfort foods are my weakness right now, so I’ll zero in on those, and update you next Friday (which is also Beanie’s IEP day!). So it will be a busy week1

2 thoughts on “Inclusion

  1. I think this is such an interesting post, I am currently studying special education and I am so interested in the aspect of inclusion within classrooms. I think it is so important for students to realize that students have differences and those differences make our world what it is today. Without those differences are world would be pretty boring! Inclusion in a classroom is so important, and it is important to introduce the concept at a young age. I think that once students grasp the idea of inclusion they can not only use it in the classroom but in public, at home, etc.
    Another thing that I think is important is the idea that teachers should represent the idea of inclusion in every way possible. Students, especially in younger classrooms, look up to their teachers and when they are being inclusive the students also become inclusive themselves.

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