Helen Li

Helen  Li

Hello. My name is Helen. I am a Primary School Teacher from Belfast.

Location Currently living in Reading, Berkshire



  • I have really enjoyed this course. The content, materials, videos, and discussions have been really insightful and beneficial in helping me think more about inclusive practices, differentiation, questioning, student behaviour, and unconscious bias. I feel that this will really help me to think more carefully about the students in my class and how best to...

  • Case Study 3: Sharifa
    What are the problems this learner and teacher face?
    It would seem that the teacher has a very negative attitude towards this young girl. The teacher, it would seem, is not aware of their own unconscious bias. It would appear that the teacher has not really taken the time to consider Sharifa's needs and has instead labelled her as...

  • Who could you work with to do this as a group?
    Teachers from different schools, parents, governors, LEAs, Councils, local churches, youth groups in the surrounding area, and local libraries.

    Who are the key people to talk to and involve? Who can you reach? Who can help you reach other people? I think talking to the different groups above and involving...

  • @StaceyB. Hi Stacey. You are using some really good inclusive practices. Keep up the good work.

  • What score would you give yourself as an inclusive practitioner? I would give myself a 7 out of 10.
    Why have you chosen this score? I try my best to ensure that the children, as well as the parents and staff, feel included.
    What sorts of things do you already do in your classroom that made you choose this score?
    -I ensure that there is enough space for...

  • Three things you have learned on this course.
    1) Inclusive Practice
    2) Differentiation
    3) Reflecting on my own practice
    Two things you are going to do.
    1) Set targets each term as to what I hope to achieve as part of helping children make progress in their learning.
    2) Keep a reflective journal where I can record each student's progress and suggest...

  • Inclusive Culture: Green- I feel we celebrate diversity in our school and we strongly practice embedding the school values in our everyday practice.

    Inclusive Policies: Amber- although they are comprehensive, I feel that they do not consider certain cultures and how we can ensure that they are made to feel part of our school e.g. refugees, migrants, asylum...

  • @EleanorOdom Hi Eleanor. I agree we need to be aware of unconscious bias when considering support groups. Although we want to ensure that we provide the best support for our students, we also need to be aware of attaching certain labels to these children, which, unfortunately, many teachers and educators do.

  • Advantages:
    - address similar areas where there are gaps in progress and attainment.
    - Develop their self-esteem by working in a small group with others as well as their academic understanding.
    - teachers and TAs can see the demonstrable impact of their practice and share it with the child and their parents or carers.
    - children may feel...

  • I like the idea of a student portfolio. The students in our foundation class have a book where all of their work goes into. It's lovely to see how they have progressed over the year.

  • How does this approach to assessment encourage inclusion? I think it encourages inclusion as it focuses not only on day-to-day assessment but also on the progress students make over a period of time. It also considers progress in significant aspects of learning for each curriculum area, therefore instead of just focusing on one area of the curriculum, it...

  • I will meet with parents at the start of the school semester to discuss any concerns they may have about their child. I will also arrange to meet with the SENCO and discuss the support that needs to be put in place for specific students.

    I remember a parent whose child presented with speech and language difficulties as well as autism, being reluctant to...

  • What’s going well? What strategies do you already use that help you teach a wide variety of students? Firstly, it's important to know your students well, knowing what their interests are, what they are good at and what they'd like to improve upon is key to helping you decide what techniques you can integrate into your classroom practice. Talking with the...

  • @AyeshaIshaq Hi Ayesha. I agree collaboration is fundamental in developing inclusive practice. It's important that staff feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and views about different subject matters and that they build strong relationships with each other. Although collaborating with parents can be difficult at times, especially when parents get...

  • I really enjoyed reading the different sections and the examples they provide.

    I particularly enjoyed communication. It's really important that we find ways of communicating with children which may differ depending on the needs of the child.

    For example, if a child/children are deaf in school, we could think about how we could make them feel included...

  • Champion of inclusion: For me, it's about building positive relationships among staff, parents, children, the school, and the wider community. It's about making sure that we listen to and understand each other. It's about breaking down barriers that may prevent or hinder others from feeling valued, for example, low-income parents may feel like they are being...

  • Over the course of the year, I will make an action plan about what I hope to achieve. I will set myself 3 targets that I'd like to reach by the end of each term and discuss these with my mentor as to what steps I should take to achieve them. I will take a target each week and reflect upon whether I feel I have achieved it or not and what further action I...

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    Very useful questions that I will be sharing with my school. Thank you.

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    Please follow the link to some videos about inclusive education including a
    video from UNICEF which highlights what Inclusive Education is and its benefits. It also provides a huge array of worksheets and resources suitable for children with SEND, SALT, EAL, and Pastoral Support.

  • @JordanPutman Really good ideas. Thanks for sharing Jordan.

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    Why you have chosen this area? I have chosen the school playground as I feel our school playground is in need of my TLC.

    What is happening at the moment in this area? Not a great deal. I feel that this area has so much potential to be an inviting and engaging learning space for all children but that it's not being used to its advantage.

    What you would...

  • @SofíaMingoranceGuerra - Great idea Sofia.

  • One suggestion I'd like to make is to write down 3 things that you feel you have achieved that week. I think it's so important that teachers keep a reflective journal about themselves so that they can look back and see what they have accomplished e.g. I got all my books marked, I sorted an issue with a parent, I helped a child to manage their behaviour...

  • @KhadijahFawzi Hi Khadijah. I really enjoyed reading your comment. What I really admire is that you were willing to take a risk with your learning which is something that teachers should be doing more of. Teaching is all about trial and error. What works for one class may not work for another and that's okay. It's important to then reflect on why it did/didn't...

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    I remember for my first teaching observation, I created an engaging activity that involved group work. The children were doing multiplication, so I had different sums for different abilities on different coloured cards. Each card then matched to an answer with an ingredient for a Viking Recipe; which was our topic that term. The children had to go outside and...

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    For me, I remember it mentioned pro-social behaviour and the importance of creating a class charter, in order to share ideas about the behaviours that we should expect in school. I also remember how the use of questioning (closed, concrete, and open-ended) can be used to encourage learners of various abilities to participate in class discussions.

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    Really good ideas everyone. Thank you for sharing. :)

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    What sticks in your mind most about what you have learned this week?
    I would say pro-social behavior-this is something that I have never heard of before and something that I will consider when considering the student's needs in my classroom as to how best we can help each other. I have also learned a great deal about differentiation and the ways in which we...

  • Each term we set Topic Home Learning. This is a grid based on the topic we are currently covering that term. The grid is broken into different subjects e.g. English, Maths, Art, Science etc. For each subject there are a variety of different tasks that students can complete and at different levels. Students have to select 5 tasks to complete over that term....

  • Students with similar knowledge and skills work together-may help those children at the same level as well as those who feel less confident about a particular subject or topic.

    Advantages- may increase students' self-esteem as they are able to think similarly. It may also encourage competitiveness which allows for more challenge.


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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayefSTAnCR8 (Bloom's Taxonomy: Structuring the learning journey).
    Topic: Weather-some questions I might ask based on Bloom's Taxonomy
    Level 1: Remember:
    What types of weather are there?
    Level 2: Understand
    What would happen if we only had sun?
    Level 3: What questions might you ask a meteorologist?
    Level 4: What steps...

  • Galileo Galilei was a mathematics professor from Italy. He was born in 1564. He was also an astronomer and studied the stars with his telescope. He agreed with Copernicus that the Earth and planets revolved around the sun. This was not in accordance with the Church’s view at that time. He was arrested and remained under house arrest until he died.
    Closed: Was...

  • The teacher has differentiated the worksheet by asking different questions such as explain, name, outline, draw as well as offering students the opportunity to provide a further two review questions.

    Advantages: It consolidates previous learning and it helps the teacher to see what students know about the topic and whether the topic needs to be reviewed...

  • In what way has differentiation been used?

    The teacher has adapted each of the activities in order to meet the needs of the various learners in his/her classroom.

    For worksheet 1, the teacher has given the students the opportunity to select which of the answers they feel is the correct one. The sentences and answers are short and simple, which is...

  • Why is it important to differentiate in order to support inclusion?
    Differentiation is an integral part of teaching. It's something that as a teacher you need to focus on daily, as to the varying needs and interests of your children.
    It's important to take time to get to know your students as individuals by communicating with them individually and also by...

  • 1) Random acts of kindness
    This promotes both sympathy and empathy.
    It's about the child making conscious decisions about how they can show love and consideration for others. The children in our school our given a 'caught you being good card' if they are seen to have shown an act of kindness, such as opening the door for someone or comforting an injured...

  • @VickyAnderson
    Lovely ideas Vicky. I agree, a lot of the time I have seen teachers focusing too much on negative behaviours rather than on the positive behaviours.
    This can create a very negative ethos in the room which can make the children feel unsettled and anxious, especially for children who are seen to be doing the right thing, as they might feel...

  • At the beginning of the school year, myself and the children sit together to talk about the importance of rules and why we need rules. We think about our classroom and what rules we think would help make a happy place for all children to learn in.
    Children are asked to work in pairs and write down 2-3 things on a whiteboard that they think would help promote...

  • 1) The right to an education-government, schools, council, LEAs, parents, and community.
    2) The right to be treated fairly-discussing with students sanctions for inappropriate behavior as well as the reward system and making sure that you (the teacher) are consistent with these approaches.
    3) To have their needs taken care of- if a child has disclosed...

  • @JordanPutman Hi Jordan. I really love the examples that you have used to promote inclusion in your classroom. I will be sure to use some of these examples in my own practice. Thanks for sharing.

  • In our school we have the following 'core values' which are:
    Each term we focus a PSHE lesson on one of these values and we decorate a 'Core Values Display' with the children's ideas, for example for 'love' the children may be given heart post-it notes and asked to write down a list of 3-5 things about what...