A Powerful Metaphor for Inclusion - Ubuntu

wood background, frame with quote My humanity is bound up in your, for we can only be human together; Removing the Stumbling Block
Deep, meaningful lessons about inclusion can pop up in the most surprising places.

Although, I suppose you might also argue that such lessons become obvious to me because I am open to them, or even that I am looking for them, but that's a whole different conversation.

Anyway, I was reading a novel - the seventeenth in a cozy mystery series that I have enjoyed over the years - when I stumbled across this line:

Ubuntu is a deep-seated belief that humanity is something we owe to one another. How I act toward you is what defines me. Not what I have or what I wear - but how I treat you, how I interact with you.

My "inclusion radar" immediately on high, I decided I need to know a little more about this South African concept.

Teach the Way They Learn

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
~ Ignacio Estrada

It sounds so simple, doesn't it? 

And yet, if we look closely at our classrooms, we will see that this is just not always happening. There continue to be teachers who expect all of their students to move at the same pace, teachers who rarely vary their teaching style, and teachers who continue to struggle to meet the needs of diverse learners.

There Is No Shame in Asking For Help

The secret no one shares is that knowing how and when to ask for help is a sign of true developmental maturity; Removing the Stumbling Block

There is no shame in asking for help. 

We live in community, and at the core of a successful community are relationships built upon networks of interdependence. Yet, for so many, asking for help is hard.  

We are bombarded by images of how to raise our children to be independent, but independence does not mean solitary. The secret no one shares is that knowing how and when to ask for help is a sign of true developmental maturity.

There is no shame in asking for help.

Practice Makes Better

Practice Makes Better; Removing the Stumbling Block

I have often used the phrase, "Everything I need to know I learn from Facebook." While a bit of a play on "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," I really can learn quite a lot from quick scrolls through my newsfeed a couple of times each day.

Sometimes I learn of a challenge a friend is going through so I can offer support. 

Sometimes I learn of a great accomplishment and can share in the pride.