Write your reflections from the classmate post by selecting an idea from the reading, describing your thoughts and feelings about it. (MINIMUM OF 150 WORDS)
This chapter gives us insight on how students and teachers think about instruction. The concept of universal design. The book is describing the universal design this way. “In terms of learning, universal design means the design of instructional materials and activities that allows the learning goals to be achievable by individuals with wide differences in their abilities to see, hear, speak, move, read, write, understand English, attend, organize, engage, and remember “. This thought process has been the design of most schools and high education. The advantage of this model is that is provides the teacher and the student with multiple ways of engaging one another. The chapter goes on to give us great information by breaking down the principles of instruction which include things such as big ideas, background knowledge etc. The author also gives us another way of learning which is describes as differentiated learning. This is not as organized as the universal way. This gives the teacher and the student a bit more freedom. The author describes it as this “This type of instruction begins with the assumption that students in a class will vary in their readiness for a particular learning task and in their personal interests, preferences and skill levels. “At the most basic level, differentiating instruction means ‘shaking up’ what goes on in the classroom so that students have multiple options for taking in information, making sense of ideas, and expressing what they learn.” This in my opinion is the more modern approach to learning in our schools and universities. The modern approach is very “innovative” and different, but I prefer the universal model. To me it seems more organized and uniform. With both methods of study there is positives and negatives but the positives in my opinion outright the negatives for the universal design method.