It is important as a tutor that you acknowledge and respect the needs of all your learners. By adapting to their needs and altering your teaching to suit, you are able to include a variety of learners, and not directly or indirectly exclude learners. Being aware of inequality will involve you understanding that learners have the right to attend and participate without feeling discriminated on the grounds of their ethnic origin, gender and race etc. Diversity is about valuing these differences. A number of strategies may need to be used in order to include all learners.
To help remove barriers between learners, it may be useful for them to work together as a team. This co-operative learning it a good approach to including all learners and giving them the opportunity to see that all students in the class, irrespective of there background can contribute to the session.
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This type of experience sharing will also help learners to build confidence and appreciate that no matter what your back ground, everyone has something to offer.
Learners can be included in classroom activity by using e-learning and technology. All learners will need assess to equipment. Some learners may be unable to work with certain types of technology, reasons including inexperience or their disability. Extra tutor support or specialist equipment may be required in order to include all learners on these occassions.
It is very useful to assess the learners’ needs prior to the beginning of the course. If a learner uses a wheelchair, a room with easy access could be sourced. Ground floor venues with lots of space would make things easier. Sometimes a less able bodied learner will need learning support. This can be organised prior to the course.
Carefully preparing your course materials with equality in mind, may involve altering font sizes and adjusting handouts to suit everyone. It may involve in some circumstances altering the language used. This will help to include all learners. Knowing a students first language for induction may help you if you were teaching English as a foreign language. Being able to hand out documents with differing languages on, this may help everyone feel at home and understand important things such as health and safety lists for the classroom.
It is important due to some legislation that we embrace equality and diversity. By displaying views and ideas in a positive manor, we can ensure inclusion and build an improved learning environment. Ensure all learners participate can prove difficult, but by using the techniques listed, we aim to make all students feel confident and free to learn.
We are a product of our experiences and as a result we should treat all learners with respect. All differences in learners need to be valued by the tutor. It is your responsibility as a tutor to ensure your opinions and values do not impose or discriminated against your learners. It is also your responsibility to ensure when including all learners and throughout all sessions, you promote a respectful environment.