As Paulo Freire famously noted:
“Authentic education is not carried on by ‘A’ for ‘B’ or by ‘A’ about ‘B,’ but rather by ‘A’ with ‘B,’ mediated by the world—a world which impresses and challenges both parties, giving rise to views or opinions about it. These views, impregnated with anxieties, doubts, hopes, or hopelessness, imply significant themes on the basis of which the program content of education can be built.”
Inclusive teaching can only be successful if students are actively involved in their education, including curriculum design and assessment. Some techniques to bring students into the learning process would be:
- avoid ‘disposable assessment’ in your teaching, use varied and co-assessment;
- have students actively contribute to lectures through activities like think-pair-share, group discussions, reflections, interactive technology;
- encourage students to connect their real life experiences with the academic content through reflections, discussions, authentic activities and assessments;
- get to know your students! Ask how they are doing in class, get their feedback.