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Modifications for All Learners. Rebecca Morsefield edTPA Boot camp January 13, 2014. Supporting all Learners. “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way.” George Evans. Supporting all Learners. Objectives:

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Modifications for all learners

Modifications for All Learners

Rebecca Morsefield

edTPA Boot camp January 13, 2014

Supporting all learners

Supportingall Learners

  • “Every student can learn, just not on the

  • same day, or in the same way.”

  • George Evans

Supporting all learners1


  • Objectives:

  • Explain why getting to know your students is the first step in the planning process.

  • Describe how knowing your students relates to differentiating instruction.

  • 3. Identify strategies used to support all learners.

Tpa task 1 planning for instruction

TPA Task 1 Planning for Instruction


  • What does the focus learner know?

  • What can he/she do?

  • What is he/she still learning to do?

  • Why is this important?

  • In order to anticipate their learning needs and provide supports

Knowing your students

Knowing Your Students


TPA Vocabulary

Personal, family, community, cultural assets

  • Strengths/weaknesses

  • Interests/talents

  • Prior learning experiences

  • Relevant lived experiences

  • Activities outside of school

  • Family support/resources

  • Community resources

  • Cultural expectations

  • Background knowledge for scaffolding new learning

Where can you obtain information about your students

Where can you obtain information about your students?

  • Learning Styles

  • Conferences

  • Conversations

  • Family

  • Student

  • Cooperating Teacher

  • InterestSurveys

  • District Data

  • IEP’s or 504 Plans

  • Writing Activities

  • Observations

  • Portfolios

Who are my students and what are their real needs

Who Are My Students and what are their real needs

  • What do students need as learners?

  • What is valuable and relevant to your students?

  • What do they already know-past experience?

  • “Make the TPA fit their needs….not the other way around!

  • The more you know your students, the easierthe TPA process

  • becomes”

  • TPA Tips (Kelly & Walters 2012)

Be proactive plan for differences

Be proactive-Plan for Differences

  • Without proper planning, it is difficult to succeed at meeting individual needs.


  • Adjusting the curriculum by providing flexible options benefitsalllearners

Universal design for learning differentiation

Universal design for learning-differentiation

  • Proactive planning framework

  • Based on the understanding that every classroom is composed of a variety of learning styles and abilities

  • Based on knowing the students (TPA)

Universal design for learning differentiation1

Universal design for learning-differentiation

  • 1. Multiple Means of Representation

    Teacher uses a variety of strategies, tools and methods to

    represent information (visual, auditory, kinesthetic)

  • 2. Multiple Means of Engagement

  • Teacher provides a variety a ways to engage students

  • (choice, address student interest, self- assessment and self-reflection)

  • 3. Multiple Means of Expression

  • Students use a variety of strategies, instructional tools and methods to

  • demonstrate understanding

  • CAST ( Universal design for learning resources

Brush up on bloom s taxonomy

Brush Up On Bloom’s Taxonomy

Use a variety of strategies supports

Use A Variety of strategies & Supports

  • Think-Pair-Share

  • 1. How do you learn best? What type of learner are you?

  • 2. Identify some of your favorite teaching strategies

  • 2. Share with the person next to you

Planning learning segment think about

Planning Learning Segment-Think about

  • Prioritize-what am I really asking my students to do?

  • What does the student need to learn to progress Target Goal

  • What skills/abilities do you want them to develop?

    • Build learning segment around skills and abilities not activities and facts

  • What instructional strategies & learning tasks will you design?

    • Support individual students

    • Provide access to the curriculum

  • Questions to consider

    Questions to consider

    • Can student participate in the lesson as is, what supports might be needed?

    • How will I group students? (pairs, small group, cooperative groups)

    • What are the students learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile)?

    • Will different materials be needed to ensure participation?

    • What might the student struggle with?

    • How can I modify instruction and support students?

    Make it meaningful


    • How can you relate this information to past experience?

    • How can you make connections to future learning?

    • Why is this important?

    • “Focus on opportunities to see, scaffold and showcase the process

    • of your teaching.”TPA Tips (Kelly & Walters 2012)

    Effective strategies

    Effective Strategies

    • Specify clear lesson objectives

    • Teach directly to the objectives

    • Make learning as concrete and meaningful as possible

    • Provide time for practice and feedback

    • Model-note taking, metacognitive strategies, problem solving

    • Actively engage students-use a variety of instructional strategies

    • Scaffold instruction

    • Consider different learning styles (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Tactile)

    How do you scaffold learning

    How do you Scaffoldlearning

    • Model performance while thinking aloud

    • Pair advanced learners with developing ones

    • Provide prompts, links, guides and structure (Graphic Organizers)

    • Fade when appropriate

    I we you


    • Tell me-direct instruction

    • Show me-guided practice

    • Let me-independent practice

    • Ask me-communicate, think aloud

    Why use graphic organizers

    Why Use Graphic Organizers?

    • Classify ideas, link information

    • Structure thoughts for writing

    • Problem solving

    • Studying

    • Reviewing

    • Planning

    • Brainstorming

    Strategies for struggling students

    Strategies for struggling students

    • Sequence-break down the task, step by step prompts.

    • Drill-repetition and practice review-daily testing of skills, repeated practice, daily feedback,

    • Segment-break down target skill into smaller units and then synthesize the parts into a whole.

    • Control the difficulty of the processing demands of the task-task is sequenced from easy to difficult and only necessary prompts or probes are provided

    • Technology-use a computer, structured text, flow charts, to facilitate presentation, emphasis on pictorial representations.

    • Group Instruction-Instruction occurs in small group

    • Strategy Clues-reminders to use strategies or multi-steps, the teacher verbalizes problem solving or procedures to solve, instruction uses think-aloud models.

      *Excerpted from Swanson, H.L. (1999). Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 14(3).

    Successful teachers

    Successful Teachers

    • Provide a variety of opportunities for students to use knowledge and skills in different situations

    • Use Active Hands On student learning

    • Vary Instructional Practices and modes of teaching

    • Offer Real-World practical examples

    Visual auditory kinesthetic

    Visual, auditory kinesthetic

    • “Getting’ Triggy Wit It”


    • Check out Mr. Dueyon Fractions!

    • www.teachertubemrduey

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