Adapting the Curriculum and Effective Teaching Strategies Essay

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The following reflection will discuss my evolving knowledge and understanding about how the curriculum can be modified and adapted to provide effective learning experiences and teaching strategies that are inclusive of all students. I will also reflect on some of the advantages and difficulties that may arise as a result of implementing these teaching and learning strategies.

I believe that the first step to providing an education that is accessible to all is to acknowledge that all students’ are unique individuals. That their emotional, educational, social and physical needs are diverse and will require differentiated approaches. We also need to be aware of the many barriers that may affect learning. Curriculum is said to one of the
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I believe that a classroom environment that is designed with diversity in mind will enhance learning for all students and promote an inclusive community within the classroom. Furthermore, Pisha and Coyne (2001) report that when students are given full access to curricula through the thoughtful design and deliberate planning of learning experiences, it fosters students’ strategic learning and promotes deeper engagement. I believe that this learning design allows students to recognize and celebrate their strengths and promotes self efficacy. For example, if teachers are flexible about the way a student is able to demonstrate new skills and knowledge (orally, written, multimodal) a student is likely to choose a mode in which they are confident. When students begin to experience success they believe that they are capable of learning and will go from strength to strength.

Difficulties
As a new teacher I imagine that I will meet and work with some colleagues that will not share my views and ideas about implementing practices such as Universal Design for Learning and curriculum differentiation. Some teachers will have been in the profession for many years and the thought of changing the way they teach may be met with trepidation. It is important for me to understand that change is a gradual process and that different schools will be at different stages in the
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