Hospitality in an Inclusive Classroom

Abstract

This issue of NASET’s Practical Teacher was written by Ernest Solar, Ph.D. from Mount St. Mary’s University.  The Individuals with Disabilities Act requires public schools to provide students with disabilities with a free and appropriate education with their nondisabled peers whenever possible.  Inclusion equates to accessibility of the general education curriculum with non-disabled peers; however, inclusion does not equate to hospitality in the classroom.  Hospitality is the intentional act of promoting a learning environment where students with disabilities feel as if they are a part of the classroom community.  This practitioner article defines the importance of inclusive education for students with disabilities, explores the difficulties in implementing an inclusive classroom because of judicial judgments and social acceptance, presents the importance of hospitality in an inclusive classroom, and outlines four principles a teacher can intentionally implement to foster hospitality and acceptance of students with a disability within an inclusive classroom.

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