The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.


Reflective Statement for Decision Point 3

      The teacher understands and knows how to teach to different learning styles and knows how to make the students’ unique ways of thinking be an advantage, not a handicap (INTASC 3: K1). The teacher also knows how to adapt lessons for a student’s particular needs (INTASC 3: K2, K3, D3, P1, P3). In addition, the teacher understands that our cultural backgrounds make us who we are, and therefore teaches the students to use their unique cultures to compliment their education, not subtract from it (INTASC 3: D2, D5, P5).

      An example of this in action would be a teacher being conscious of each individual student. The teacher would need to be aware that some students may learn a different way because of their cultural backgrounds. Therefore, the teacher would need to teach for every student—not just for the average student—and make accommodations for those who need them.

      There are many different ways that I could apply this principle to my teaching. I would need to make sure my collection reflected the needs for my school, covering the needs of students with different learning styles, physical and/or mental disabilities, and cultural differences. Some ways to do this would be to have computer stations that are made for wheel chairs, large-print books, and books on CD. In the library, there are many opportunities for certain groups of students to be left out of the collection, so it would be very important to pay attention to the school’s needs!

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Reflective Statement from Decision Points 1 and 2

      The teacher is aware of the diversity of the classroom. He or she is accepting that each child has a different background and family life. The teacher uses this knowledge to create a diverse learning environment (INTASC 3: D3). This is important for the diverse community of learners.

      An example of this in action would be a teacher teaching about all of the holidays that occur in December, not just Christmas or whatever holiday the majority of the students practice. They also would take special time for those kids with learning disabilities to make sure they understand the material being taught. Mainly, the teacher has to remember that there are more than one type of students in his or her classroom.

      There are many ways I can apply this principle to my teaching. I could find out from the different teachers in the school what sort of cultures the students come from. Then, I could make sure to have resources available for all of the different culture groups. Also, I would need to have different kinds of materials available for the different kinds of physical differences, like computer stations that are made for wheel chairs, large-print books, and other varieties.

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