After spending most of last nights class discussing diversity, inclusion, and thriving I was immediately struck by this news report this morning:
The article discusses a young boy who is deaf but began middle school with an interpreter this year. This was not only a new experience for him but also his classmates who had never had a classmate with a hearing impairment.
His classmates took the initiative to ask the principal if they could start a sign language club. Then they used their lunch and recess time to have the club meet.
In my opinion this is inclusivity at its best…students recognized differences and took it on themselves to make sure all felt welcome. the principal supported their efforts and as a result everyone was better off. It is safe to say they students are thriving!