Basically, if you can, like, choose your identity — because I tried today, and now I feel sort of less like me. And, I mean, I’m not exactly over the moon about being me in the first place. But now, I think I kind of like it less when I’m trying not to be me. Because I just … I just want to, like, be.
Skins, Season Five,Episode One
If you are a pre-service teacher and have not heard of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) I recommend looking into it.
Here is an analogy to help you start thinking about holistic planning.
‘It has been snowing at a school and the students are waiting to enter the class. There is a student in a wheel chair. The janitor has been called to clear away the snow from the ramp and stairs. She cleans the stairs first even though ALL of the students would have been able to get into class if the ramp were cleaned first’
Here are some quick resources to start thinking about UDL.
1. Go to CAST.org
This website provides a variety of resources for teachers to ensure appropriate planning to meet all of their students’ learning needs.
Universal Design for Learning
Universal design for learning initiatives
From “Select, Write, and Use Metacognitive Strategies in the Classroom” (p. 173) by A. M. Babkie and M. C. Provost, Intervention in School and Clinic, 37(3).