Standard 2: Learning Differences

Category: Learner and Learning

The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

Artifact: Case Study

Description: My Case Study provides evidence that I have met InTASC Standard 2. It is an exploration of how to use observations of one student to make effective curriculum decisions and create a plan for differentiated learning. A description of the student, curricular decisions and strategies used with the student, results of these decisions and strategies, and reflection on these results are all contained within the Case Study. With the Case Study, I use observations of the individual differences of a single student to find ways to make the classroom more inclusive for all students. For example, I found ways to incorporate kinesthetic learning experiences in the classroom, which appeared to benefit many students and enabled each learner to meet high standards.

Reflection: The experience of working on my Case Study allowed for my professional growth, as I observed on a small scale how important it is to discover and address the individual needs of each student. In my future teaching practice I will continue to use many of the strategies I implemented because of my Case Study observations and will work on becoming more observant of all of my students.

 

Artifact: Classroom Organization and Management Plan

Description: My Classroom Organization and Management Plan provides evidence that I have met InTASC Standard 2. My plan focuses on creating a classroom that is inclusive of both cultural backgrounds and learning abilities so that all students can feel welcome and meet high standards. My plan includes classroom design and physical accommodations, classroom management strategies, ideas on how to build a community of leaders, and descriptions of the roles of students, teachers, and families.

Reflection: The creation of my Classroom Organization and Management Plan allowed for my professional growth, as it required me to truly think about what an inclusive classroom looks like for students with various learning differences and to test out some elements of this vision in my student teaching placement. I intend to refer to this plan and improve on many of its ideas in my future teaching practice.