Inclusive classrooms: how to create an inclusive environment

April 03, 2024/6 min min read
Mentimeter VisualAssets PaidMedia HigherEd ContentAds 2024 01

We all know inclusivity is essential in the classroom. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy! In this blog we’ll look at what it actually means for a classroom to be inclusive, and give concrete tips about the tools and technology which make it so much easier.

What is an inclusive classroom?

Before we dive into the how, let’s start with what this actually means. Inclusion is more than a buzzword. An inclusive classroom is a learning environment where all students, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, ethnic backgrounds, language, or socio-economic status, have equal opportunities to participate and succeed.

In such classrooms, diversity is not only acknowledged but celebrated. Teaching strategies and curriculums are designed to address the needs of every learner individually, rather than one-size-fits-all. After all, we live in a pluralistic society, where understanding and collaboration are crucial — and modern education needs to keep up. 

Luckily, modern technology has also given us digital teaching methods that make it much easier to craft these inclusive spaces. Mentimeter is just one such tool.  Thanks to real-time polling, interactive quizzes, and anonymous feedback, Mentimeter can help to create a dynamic, engaging, and — most importantly — inclusive classroom experience. It ensures that every student’s voice can be heard, fostering a sense of belonging and equity that is essential for effective learning.

Benefits of an inclusive learning environment

Inclusive classrooms extend their benefits well beyond individual academic achievements.Research shows that students in inclusive settings experience higher engagement and improved social skills. This approach to education not only prepares students to navigate a diverse world but also instills in them the values of empathy and respect for others.

Research into the specific effects of Mentimeter in higher education revealed that 56% of students said the lectures or seminars where Mentimeter was used felt more inclusive for all types of learners. Further, the number of students who reported feeling that their voice was heard in the classroom rose by 35%.

Educators and the broader educational community also reap the rewards of inclusivity. Teachers in inclusive classrooms develop more dynamic teaching methods, adapting to the varied needs of their students. This adaptability not only enhances their effectiveness but also contributes to their professional growth and satisfaction. Meanwhile, schools that embrace inclusivity witness a more positive climate, characterized by reduced bullying and discrimination, promoting a culture of acceptance and respect that mirrors the ideals of the wider society.

The collective impact of inclusive education is clear: it cultivates a supportive, engaging, and respectful learning environment for all participants. Through the adoption of inclusive practices and the support of technologies like Mentimeter, educational communities can ensure that every student feels valued and empowered to reach their full potential.

Practical advice on creating an inclusive environment

Now let’s turn words into action. How do you go from talking about inclusive classrooms to making sure you actually have them?  

Creating an inclusive classroom requires a multifaceted approach that encompasses curriculum design, teaching methods, and classroom management. A good starting point is for educators to diversify curriculum content to reflect the variety of cultures, perspectives, and histories of their students. This not only validates each student's identity but also broadens their peers' understanding of the world. 

In terms of teaching methods, adopting differentiated instruction is key. That means tailoring learning activities to meet the varied needs, interests, and abilities of all students by catering not only to the more confident and outspoken students but also those who are more quiet and introverted. Classroom management strategies should foster a community feeling, emphasizing collaborative learning and mutual respect.

Mentimeter offers innovative tools that support these strategies, enhancing inclusivity. Real-time polling and Q&A sessions, for example, allow every student to contribute their thoughts and questions anonymously, ensuring that even the most introverted or marginalized students have a voice. Interactive quizzes can be tailored to different learning styles, providing immediate feedback and opportunities for personalized learning paths.

But it doesn’t stop with student engagement. These tools  also provide educators with insights into student understanding, allowing for timely adjustments to teaching strategies. Educators have found success with Mentimeter in creating more inclusive environments, noting increased student participation and engagement. Many teachers use Mentimeter to facilitate a dynamic, inclusive classroom where every student feels valued and empowered to learn.

To sum up

In embracing inclusivity, educators unlock the full potential of their classrooms, creating environments where every student feels seen, heard, and valued. The journey towards inclusivity is one of continuous learning and adaptation, but the rewards — a more empathetic, engaged, and diverse learning community — are immeasurable. Mentimeter stands as a partner in this journey, offering tools and strategies that bring inclusivity to life in practical, impactful ways. As we strive to prepare students for a world rich in diversity and complexity, the role of technology in fostering inclusive education becomes not just beneficial but essential.

Visit Mentimeter's Inclusive Education Resources to learn more and begin your journey towards a more inclusive classroom.

Impresiona a tu público con presentaciones interactivas