Reflection # 1
“At the core of UDL is the premise that often the curriculum is disabled (and disabling!). It is not flexible; it often poses barriers, and consequently prevents rather than supports optimal learning experiences.”

I agree with the premise that the curriculum is disabled and disabling. If UDL were to be truly implemented, that is to say, if the content of every class was designed by every teacher to reach as many students as possible within a classroom, would a special educator or collaborative teaching team even be necessary? General educators have been given a selection of standards to which all students must be held. As a special education teacher, it is my job to know the strengths and weaknesses of my students and “retro fit” the lessons of the general educator to meet the needs of my students. As a special educator charged with the responsibility of teaching math, the way in which I assist my students in achieving mastery of a concept is to watch them perform a task, and have them be able to talk their way through a problem in order to pinpoint if/when a disconnect in their line of thought or logic appears. If we look at the idea of UDL from the same perspective, it is clear to see that the disconnect in serving the educational needs of the masses exists not with the purveyors of the curriculum, but with the designers of said curriculum. If we are going to require all students to obtain mastery of the same skill sets, then we should be required to provide all students with equal access to the skills required to reach that level of mastery.

May 5, 2012
Willingness to Be Disturbed - Word Bank

Sites that might be useful and how:
This site could make working with my collaborating teacher or math team to share resources, lesson plans, and notebook slides since we have little or no planning time together), feedback on lessons - what worked, what to change, etc...

May 6, 2012

iTunes lessons, and Microsoft teacher resources (especially the lesson plans!) will both be looked at further.
It seems as if they were hiding in plain sight, I had no idea these were there, even though I'm on iTunes ALL the time. The Microsoft lessons spell out exactly how their products can be utilized by both the students and the teacher, making incorporating technology into the classroom even easier for the instructor.