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Introductory Scenario

Clara Bowles is a paraprofessional at South High School. She has had many years working with students across the grade spans.  This fall she enrolled in a community college course on instructional strategies. The instructor introduced her to a list of concrete and specific ways educators can help their instruction be more meaningful for all learners.  These methods are listed on the chart linked below.  You can find them in the left hand column.    Each method of support is uniquely set up to help specific learning needs to pop up for unique children within the school setting.  They can be used universally for all children in the classroom, for a small group or for one child at a time.  Clara knows planning with a UDL approach and making supports universally available across all students is best because you never know when a student will need something.  

Clara decides to use the chart to determine where and how she will plug in the intervention.  She decided to mark X’s to identify what strategy helps with what specific need.  For example, she knows that posting and identifying learning targets can help to orient students to the upcoming lesson.  So she marked an X in the chart to signify these two things go together.  Check out the blank chart below and use it to help you think through a specific child’s needs or to test yourself on your own use of each strategy.  Do you recall when and how you can use each one? Or can you type or write ideas for when and how and with whom you could use the strategy.  Check out the blank and filled copies below. 

TAKE NOTES

Based on what you learned by working with the materials in this module, how would you complete the crosswalk?

Do you agree with how Clara filled it out?

Can you think of when, how, and with whom you could use each strategy and identify what it could help?

Module: Helping with Instruction

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