P1 – Practice Intentional inquiry and planning for instruction. This program standard emphasizes the importance of preparing curricula that is personalized to the diverse needs of each individual student. The evidence presented is a smart board slide from a math lesson covering the topic of line plots. Though the slide may seem simple in appearance, it was made in a way to meet the diverse needs of each student.
This evidence demonstrates the use of multiple methods to communicate more effectively towards the students in my class. Since the school is so diverse, many of the students have been or still are considered an ELL student. Due to this, it is essential that when I am planning my instruction to always consider the needs of the ELL students. The evidence utilizes the combination of a visual representation as well as a sentence frame structured around the essential question on the slide. Incorporating visuals or simple clip-arts in regards to the topic are great ways for supporting ELL students. In addition to this, sentence frames can help all students to more effectively communicate their responses. Both aspects in the lesson plan were created in order to personalize the lesson to the diverse needs of my class. The slide as well as the entirety of the lesson is based upon the state standard of being able to represent and interpret data using tools like line plots. This has benefited me in a variety of ways. First, I understand the importance of using standards-based curricula. Though, I also must be aware if this curriculum does in fact meet the diverse needs of each student or not. In addition, I have learned the importance to make the necessary adaptations to promote student learning and understanding. Student learning can improve when I use and make the necessary adaptations to standards-based curricula. Adaptations may be simple in nature by incorporating visuals or sentence frames, but have shown to improve student comprehension. For example, a student was trying to articulate their response or answer; I simply referred to the sentence frame. From this, the student was able to articulate their response effectively.
In the future, I would like to devote more time for intentional inquiry and planning for instruction, so I can better meet the diverse needs of each student. I believe this involves being aware of possible student struggles and making the necessary adaptations to minimize these. In addition, I will continue to learn new tools for adapting curricula to meet the needs of struggling learners as well as high achieving students.