Teaching Students to Celebrate Diversity
One of the challenges faced by classroom teachers is how to teach our students to celebrate diversity and to respond appropriately to others who are different. Integrating diversity and empathy into the curriculum is essential for all classes at every year level to reduce ableism, which is the stigmatisation, stereotyping
The Paradox of Teaching Social Skills to Children with Disability
There are a large number of teacher resources that support the notion that students with disability require specialist teaching interventions to maximise learning outcomes, particularly regarding social skills. These interventions address barriers to education, including social/ emotional, behavioural, relational and sensory barriers that students with disability experience. Therefore, a tiered
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The Hidden Curriculum of the Socialisation Process
The ‘hidden curriculum’ is a term coined by Philip Jackson in 1968 which refers to the values, behaviours and norms within the school context that students are expected to intuitively know or pick up through the socialisation process. Many students with language delays, disabilities or diverse home backgrounds are often
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Three Social Skill Resources for Students with Disability
There are numerous resources on social skills that help busy teachers to support students with disability. Here are three  tried and tested Australian programs that can be utilised in combination with each other as each has a different target group. ‘What’s the Buzz?’ by Mark Le Messurier and  Madhavi Nawana
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Social/ emotional interventions: Teaching by rote or teaching by context?
One of the most rewarding tasks for an educator is the successful inclusion of students with disabilities in the classroom by assisting them to make social connections with their classmates. However, some students with learning delays or disabilities experience difficulty fitting in socially with their peers. These social challenges can
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Social Scripts: Are they effective in teaching social skills?
Social scripts/ stories ™ were originally designed by Carol Gray and are short, personalised descriptions, scenarios or narratives that are developed to teach social skills. They were originally designed for students with autism but are widely used for children with a range of disabilities. They have been so successful that