Lesson Plans



Grade 12 HRE4M: Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier's Philosophy of Belonging


Lesson Summary

Using Jean Vanier’s philosophy of belonging as a springboard for discussion, students will investigate and discover the meaning of the intrinsic dignity of each human person. Through the activities of listening, gathering information from Jean Vanier’s Philosophy on Belonging, sharing and critical peer evaluation students will examine their own personal philosophies on inclusion and belonging. They will extend this examination to their school and community environments.

This lesson should be taught as part of a series of investigations on extraordinary individuals who acted as agents of change.

Connections to Accessibility Awareness – Big Ideas

  • The goal of Accessibility Awareness is to shape a society in which individuals are appreciated for their intrinsic worth.
  • Empathy for others and respect for the dignity of all persons are essential characteristics of an inclusive classroom, school and society.
  • The biggest barriers to accessibility are attitude and lack of awareness.
  • Students have an important voice and a valuable role to play in advocating for change in their classrooms, their schools and their community.

Important Considerations for Program Planning

In keeping with the inclusive nature of accessibility and best teaching practices, lessons and instruction must provide a continuum of supports for all students, including those with accessibility considerations and/or special education needs. The front matter of all revised Ontario curriculum documents highlights elements to consider in planning classroom lessons and instruction, including Universal Design, Differentiated Instruction, Equity and Inclusive Education, the perspective of First Nation, Métis and Inuit people, meeting the needs of English Language Learners and of students with special education needs. See the Accessibility+ hub for more information about these and related topics.


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