Inclusive Education has a wide scope and it’s really important for teachers to notice when students might be having a tough time learning in a regular classroom. This proactive approach not only lets them step in early and give support, but also helps all their students be ready for the new Matatag Curriculum.

One good way to spot kids who might be having learning difficulties is to keep an eye on them during class. Watch for things like if they’re not doing as well as their classmates, if they never seem to want to raise their hand, if they have trouble following directions, or if they’re really struggling with basic concepts. By paying attention to how they act and learn in different situations, teachers can get a good sense of what they’re good at and where they could use some extra help.

Another important part of spotting learning difficulties is talking to the student, their parents, and other teachers. Encourage students to share their thoughts and concerns with you, and listen carefully to what they have to say. Also, work together with your student’s parents to find out more about their child’s learning history, strengths, and weaknesses. Talking to other educators, counselors, or special education professionals can also give you new ideas and insights about what might be going on for your students.

Using both formal and informal tests and assessments can also help teachers figure out who might be having a hard time. Regularly check in with your students to see how they’re doing and if there are any areas they need extra help with. You can use a variety of tools like quizzes, tests, projects, and even just watching how they work during class to get a complete picture of how well they’re doing and what kinds of support they might need.

Creating a supportive and inclusive classroom environment is super important too. Make sure everyone feels respected, understood, and valued, and that differences are celebrated. Foster a culture where students are comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings with each other, and where everyone is working together to help each other succeed. Provide opportunities for collaboration, personalized feedback, and access to extra resources or support when needed.

In a nutshell, figuring out which students might be having a hard time in a regular classroom setting is a key part of getting ready for the Matatag Curriculum. By paying close attention to our students, having open conversations with them and their families, using assessments, and creating a supportive learning environment, teachers can effectively spot learning difficulties and give their students the extra help they need. This proactive approach doesn’t just benefit individual students, it helps make the whole educational experience more inclusive and fairer for everyone involved.

Maria Conita D. Navarro | Teacher III | Balanga Elementary School
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