{The ABC’s of Inclusion} Z is to Zealously Pursue Success

{The ABC's of Inclusion} Z is to Zealously Pursue Success; Removing the Stumbling Block

We are a success-focused society. We strive to do more, earn more, BE more than those who came before us.

There is nothing wrong with being driven to find success, especially when it motivates us in positive ways. But what happens when we get out of balance? What happens when what we are striving for is impractical or even unattainable? More importantly, how will we know the difference?

Ditch the Clips – Why You Need To Stop Using Behavior Charts in the Classroom RIGHT NOW

I have a lot of discomfort with traditional systems of behavior management; especially the ones that hang at the front of the classroom for all to see. I take one look at these, and I cringe:

Why your classroom behavior charts make me cringe; Removing the Stumbling Block

Now here’s the thing: images like these are ALL OVER Pinterest. And who doesn’t love Pinterest? It’s a glorious treasure trove of inspiration and ideas for just about anything. It has the potential to be any classroom teacher’s happy place. But let’s be honest, when we see something that’s been endorsed (in this case re-pinned) thousands of times, it’s seems like an idea we must try. After all, if thousands of people like it, how can it be bad?

Will You Be Watching Speechless?

There's a lot of terrific buzz around the new ABC comedy "Speechless" starring Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kenedy, and Cedric Yarbrough. With good reason. 

Micah Fowler, who has cerebal palsy, will be the first star of a sitcom with a disability since Chris Burke played Corky on Life Goes On a quarter of a century ago. Yes, you read that right, there has been no other lead in a sitcom with a disability in the past 25+ years.

There's already a lot written about this series and its trailer, which you can view here:

{The ABC’s of Inclusion} Y is to Yearn for More

{The ABC’s of Inclusion} Y is to Yearn for More; Removing the Stumbling Block

It’s kind of amazing that I have made it almost to the end of alphabet without feeling stuck; even when some of the topics I have explored in this series seem so similar to one another. For example, you might think that I would have struggled to write G is to Grab Partners after already writing C is to Collaborate. Or that there would be too much similarity between H is to Hold High Expectations and E is to Expect Competence

Nevertheless, I found myself with so much content that it was easy to take these posts in a variety of directions. Until now.  

I know that when we yearn for more we tune in, mindfully, to what we may not yet have. And hopefully, we begin to think about and act upon the ways that we can bring those dreams and goals to fruition.

And there is a distinct difference between yearning for more and never feeling satisfied. Yearning an push us while a lack of satisfaction may simply frustrate us.

So I want to take a little turn. I want to hear from YOU. What are your thoughts about yearning for more when it comes to disability inclusion? How does it inspire you? How do you use that yearning to propel forward?

In case you missed it, The ABC's of Inclusion begins here. I hope you'll subscribe to Removing the Stumbling Block so you never miss a post:

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

{The ABC’s of Inclusion} X is Xoxo (Generous Affection)

{The ABC's of Inclusion} is XOXO (generous affection); Removing the Stumbling Block

When I first created The ABC’s of Inclusion, you might have thought that "xoxo (generous affection)" was just a filler. (And let’s be real, it’s tough to find “x” words, especially ones that are appropriate to the theme of inclusion.) Maybe you thought it was just a logical extension of U is to Unconditionally Love; and it could be. But I want to go in a different direction.

{The ABC’s of Inclusion} W is to Work Hard

{The ABC's of Inclusion} W is to Work Hard; Removing the Stumbling Block

It’s true, genuine inclusion can be hard work. But our communities are always better for it. 

Our diversity gives us strength; it’s what makes us interesting and it’s what makes us real. Working hard to ensure that each and every community celebrates its diversity isn’t easy, but it’s oh so powerful.

As a leader (in a classroom, school, youth group, camp, organization, etc.) 
you can teach the value of diversity:

For older children and teens - Teach Diversity Using Oranges.

7 Hacks EVERY Teacher Can Use Right Now To Be More Inclusive

Inclusion is definitely a buzz word. There’s lots of talk about making schools and classrooms more inclusive of diverse learners with a broad range of abilities.

7 Hacks EVERY Teach Can Use Right Now To Be More Inclusive; Removing the Stumbling Block

And while there are many teachers who “buy in” recognize the value of full inclusion, there is still a gap between desire and skill set. Many continue to shy away from making their classroom a welcoming space for learners of abilities because they believe that they do not have the expertise needed, and often fear they might “do it wrong” or make too many mistakes.

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