2.5 An inclusive teacher helps pupils to feel included in the learning community

Activity 7: How to develop community life

This activity will enable teachers to think about strategies to develop pupils’ understanding of community life rules.

  • Download Section 1 of Module 3 of ‘Life Skills (Primary) [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] ’ in the Subject resources area of the TESSA website.
  • While reading this section, consider the following question:       Can discussions in the classroom and in the community on rights and duties in the family and responsibilities within a community contribute to the development of self-confidence and self-esteem in learners?
  • How could you adapt the key activity: ‘Presenting learning in a school assembly’ to better serve your purpose?

Children will not acquire knowledge unless they feel safe in the classroom and therefore free to express their opinions without the fear of being laughed at by their classmates, or being punished by the teacher. To create a safe environment, teachers need to examine their own values, attitudes, behaviours and actions. In addition, they also need to be aware of the family and social environment of the child, and enable all learners to feel valued.

2.4 An inclusive teacher helps pupils to gain self-confidence and self-esteem

2.6 An inclusive teacher acknowledges the contribution of each child