Mindfulness Monday: Teaching Students about Inclusion

Teaching Students about Inclusion

The beginning of the school year can be a wonderful time for students as they begin building friendships, and sometimes life-long relationships. For some, this can be a difficult process due to handicaps, personal barriers, unseen personal home situations, etc. Some students may see a difference in another child differently than how others see that same child. It's important to teach our students about empathy and inclusion, and to understand that we are have things that make us different.

Here is a great graphic "Moore Inclusion ABC'S" from: @kwiens62 :

My daughter was born with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele (Milo-my-ninja-seal), and at the beginning of every year, I enjoy sharing videos and resources to her teachers in case they would like to share with the students to help open up conversations and understanding.


So, here are some of my favorite videos and resources to help you in the classroom:

The first video comes from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood via PBS Kids on YouTube. This video does a great job highlighting the fact that we are all unique and different in our own ways. Enjoy:

Another video I enjoy sharing is a short film a friend of mine on Facebook shared. This amazing short film encompasses everything I've tried to teach folks about my daughter. I encourage you to please take a couple minutes out of your instructional time and share this video with your students.

"  “Ian” started as a mother’s mission to educate her son’s bullies on the playground—one to one. When she realized that the need for inclusion was bigger than one playground, she wrote a book and founded FundaciĆ³n ian to change thousands of minds and attitudes about people with disabilities. She approached MundoLoco, a top digital animation studio in Latin America, about creating “Ian,” an animated film to deliver the message of inclusion to audiences all over the world.  "

We are so lucky to have had such amazing teachers for our daughter in Brenham ISD. They are constantly teaching and encouraging other students about ways to include our daughter in all aspects of play in and out of the classroom. Thank you to all the teachers that have impacted my daughter's life!