What I learned from my worst lesson

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One of the wonderful things about working in the lifelong learning sector is meeting people for whom education is a late-arrived gift.  Some people embrace it and others bring memories of their very worst experiences of the classroom.

My first encounter with an inclusive classroom came when I returned to FE many years ago after working in an international commercial organisation in their training department.  My children were small and I started teaching ICT to 16+ year olds in evening classes.

All was well until I received a letter from the supporting learning department of my college to inform me that my class would consist of a couple of students with additional learning needs, including one who had no hands.

(The point to consider is that this was an ICT class and students were expected to achieve a Level 2 in Computer Literacy and Information Technology (CLAIT) in 30 hours (3 hours...