In inclusive classrooms, peer supports are a great way to help meet the needs of all learners. While they can’t take the place of individualized supports delivered by teachers and other members of a student’s school team, they’re an important supplemental strategy to keep in your inclusion toolbox.
If you worry that peer supports can place an undue strain on your students, fear not—effective peer supports delivered under your guidance can benefit all students in your classroom, with and without disabilities. Here are just some of the ways they can help (adapted from Peer Support Strategies for Improving All Students’ Social Lives and Learning, by Erik Carter, Lisa Cushing, & Craig Kennedy). . .Read the blog post