It is our obvious priority that all girls have the opportunity to be educated. In doing so this FLS will be gravitated around creating a learning environment that is safe and inclusive for all girls. As an educator it will be important to create this environment with the assistance of the girls because their opinions are ideas are valued in this space.
Some ways of doing this is to….
- create a list of Do’s and Will’s for the classroom. (Do not focus on the Do not’s as it creates a negative connotation around the rule setting). e.g. I will be inclusive of all girls. I want to learn and have my voice heard. I do agree to collaborate with my peers.
- Use ice-breaker games that encourages the girls to talk and create positive connections.
- It will be important to celebrate the similarities between the girls but also discover the differences and how it makes everyone unique.
- Create displays with the girls that they can pin up in the classroom to give them a sense of ownership and responsibility for the space.
- Use inclusive language.
- Prompt students with open-ended questions that allow them to share their perspective rather than yes or no answers.
- Ensure that all girls feel welcomed and supportive in this space.
- Promote collaboration and group work with the girls.
These are only a few ways of making the classroom environment a positive one for all. Below are some great resources to look into when implementing this FLS.
Designing Culturally Inclusive classroom by University of the Sunshine Coast has provided a document with great tips. Click here to have a read.
ASCD Whole Child Bloggers has provided a guide for setting up an inclusive environment. Click here to see.
Bucholz & Sheffler (2009) have written a paper on Creating a Warm and Inclusive Classroom Environment: Planning for All Children to Feel Welcome. It is a great read. Click here to take a look.