As teachers or instructors, we always want to our class to be in a good learning environment for all students. Inclusive pedagogy is a method that instructors and classmates work together to create a creative and supportive environment in which everyone has the equal access to learn. I realize it personally when I finally teach a course for the undergraduate this semester. After teaching for a few weeks, I find it is crucial and necessary to pay attention to the learning environment in which every student could learn something in it.
The most important learning environment is that students can discuss and ask any question about the class. Many students will ask different questions and some questions maybe viewed as “too easy” for some students but still, as an instructor, I think this kind of question should be paid attention to because students are really unable to understand instructors’ points and that is why they ask suck kind of “too easy” question. I use quotation mark here because I want to express questions are not actually easy and they are just easy for some students. I always tell the students that the only stupid question is you do not ask question if you have one.
Another valuable experience I would like to share about forming a supportive learning environment is about the cooperative work between instructors and students. As a instructor, I consider myself as one step ahead of students in terms of knowledge rather than learning ability. That is why I would like learn something from the students, such as how they look at the ideas I present in the class. Also, their intuitive minds sometimes are valuable as students will propose questions from their real life rather than from the textbook. In most of the cases, I learn how to explain something in the textbook with plain language. I always believe that if one research can explain his/her research clearly to common people who have no knowledge in this field, he/she really understands the essence of his/her research.