Posted on February 14, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion
This idea was inspired by the content in You’re Welcome, a book on inclusive practices that I wrote with Patrick Schwarz a few years back. This title is actually three mini-books sold as a packet that features content on differentiated instruction, collaboration, and positive behavior supports.
Three handbooks; 30 key ideas presented in small, smart packages; all the information necessary to start making inclusion work effectively. Whether you’re a general educator, a special educator, an administrator, a therapist, or a family team member, You’re Welcome presents the thinking you’ll need to open your classrooms to all students.
Tools like learning agendas provide great opportunities for differentiation and individual support. During any given unit, teachers can have all learners exploring the same content, but potentially with slightly different goals and targeted outcomes. On this agenda, the personalized instructions include assistive tech supports as well as personal supports to help this child complete assigned work.
Learning agendas like this one are great solutions to meet the individual needs of all students in a differentiated classroom, but they are especially helpful for those with disabilities as teachers can set different goals and assign different supports and strategies for each unit activity. This tool is also helpful as a communication tool to help families and other stakeholders see how all students (including those not at grade level) can be successful in general education.