As someone who faced my own barriers in the public-school setting, I make it a point to continuously reflect on how I am supporting all learners in my classroom. To me, an inclusive classroom considers the diversity of the classroom that includes special needs, English Language Learners, gender identity, sexual orientation, various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, color of their skin, various degrees of emotional intelligence, disabilities, and different abilities/strengths by providing a culture that is welcoming, a place to be heard, and a place to feel safe. Two ways that I am my classroom inclusive is (1) using tools that better support all learners, and (2) all the content to meet the students where they are through customizing my instruction. The diverse learners in my classroom make steps towards leveraging technology to show growth through immersive readers, using text-to-speech, speech-to-speech, working in a physical and digital space that magnifies a variety of elements of their learning and expectations, and graphic organizers that allow them to explore the content in a wide range of methods with equity in mind.
Moreover, my students experience the content meeting them where they are and who they are as important individuals. I do this by showing the different faces, personalities, and underrepresented groupings of people in the content that I teach. This includes LGBTQ+, women, minorities, the disabled, and others who make up the fabric of human history and modern society. It is important for me to have students experience a wide range of subgroups in the content for not just their challenges, but also successes. My personal goal is to have students to see themselves in the social sciences to consider the potentiality of their place in the world, what they want their mark to be on their world, and how to contribute to societal inclusion, diversity, equity, and democracy.