Tuesday, May 8, 2012

How Can I Adapt My Curriculum to Influence Student Interest

According to D.B Wright, 9 types of curriculum adaptations can assist you as a teacher to influence your students' interests, behaviours and achievements. As teachers we want our students to become all they can be. Identifying students' needs and helping them transform takes effort and time. Let's do our best!

Adapt the number of items that the learner is expected to learn or complete.
For example: Reduce the number of social studies terms a learner must learn at any one time.
Adapt the way instruction is delivered to the learner.
For example: Use different visual aids, enlarge text, plan more concrete examples, provide hands-on activities, place students in cooperative groups.

Adapt the extent to which a learner is actively involved in the task.
For example: In geography, have a student hold the globe, while others point out locations.

Adapt the time allotted and allowed for learning, task completion, or testing.
For example: Individualize a timeline for completing a task; pace learning differently (increase or decrease) for some learners.
Adapt the skill level, problem type, or the rules on how the learner may approach the work.
For example: Allow the use of a calculator to figure math problems; simplify task directions; change rules to accommodate learner needs.
Alternate Goals
Adapt the goals or outcome expectations while using the same materials.
For example: In social studies, expect a student to be able to locate just the states while others learn to locate capitals as well.

Level of Support
Increase the amount of personal assistance with a specific learner.
For example: Assign peer buddies, teaching assistants, peer tutors, or cross age tutors.

Adapt how the student can respond to instruction.
For example: Instead of answering questions in writing, allow a verbal response, use a communication book for some students, allow students to show knowledge with hands on materials.
Substitute Curriculum
Provide different instruction and materials to meet a learner’s individual goals.
For example: During a language test, one student is learning computer skills in the computer lab.

(Source: Diana Browning Wright, 2003, Teaching and Learning Trainings at http://ahaa.tusd.us)


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