Revisiting the Introductory Challenge

The Introductory Challenge presented a scenario about a new responsibility for instructional teams (aka Teacher-Based Teams) at Johnstown Middle School (JMS). This responsibility—to prepare the school for Universal Design for Learning (UDL)—required the teams (and the paraprofessional educators assigned to them) to find and also to create concept maps, story maps, and other graphic organizers to augment the existing instructional materials available to each team. The Introductory Challenge then asked you to imagine you were a paraprofessional educator at JMS anticipating your new role. It asked you to think about what the role would require of you and to think about resources that might help you with the new role.

Now that you know more about concept maps, story maps, and other graphic organizers, you probably have some concrete ideas about the skills you can contribute to the work of finding and developing graphic organizers. And you might also be thinking about some resources to draw on. The table below allows you to record your ideas about how to go about finding and creating graphic organizers of various sorts. It also helps you keep track of the relevant skills you currently have or will acquire later on.

 

Type of Graphic Organizer

Your Skills

Internet Resources

Concept Map
  • Drawing a concept map freehand? Yes/No
  • Using a Word template to develop a concept map? Yes/No
  • Finding websites with concept maps for different content fields (e.g., English, math, science)? Yes/No
  • Using an on-line tool for developing concept maps? Yes/No
List relevant websites:
Story Map
  • Drawing a story map freehand? Yes/No
  • Using a Word template to develop a story map? Yes/No
  • Using an on-line tool for developing story maps? Yes/No
List relevant websites:
Flow Chart
  • Using a Word template to develop a flow chart? Yes/No
  • Using Excel to develop a flow chart? Yes/No
  • Finding websites with flow charts depicting various processes related to academic content (e.g., math, science)? Yes/No
  • Using an on-line tool for developing flow charts? Yes/No
List relevant websites:
Other Graphic Organizers
  • Using T charts? Yes/No
  • Using timelines? Yes/No
  • Using fishbone diagrams? Yes/No
  • Using Venn diagrams? Yes/No
  • Using crosswalks? Yes/No
List relevant websites: