Apply Student-centered Strategies to Support Learning Differences

Educators enact ideas, strategies, or activities in their classroom to support a selected student's learning differences based on data collected in the Build a Student-Centered Plan micro-credential.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The educator leverages a data-driven, student-centered plan to implement strategies to support a student’s learning differences including strengths and challenges.

Method Components

Apply Student-Centered Strategies to Support Learning Differences is the fifth micro-credential in the Learning Differences stack.

The full Learning Differences stack includes six micro-credentials:

  1. Demonstrate Understanding
    • Of Working Memory
    • Of Executive Function
    • Of Learner Motivation
  2. Build a Student-Centered Plan
  3. Apply Student-Centered Strategies
  4. Engage Your Peers in Supporting Students’ Learning Differences

Examples of student data and evidence that can be used to develop strategies for supporting students’ learning differences

  • Student demonstrates strong understanding on free-response activities in lessons and on homework but performs poorly on multiple-choice tests with many distractors. This might indicate that the working memory capacity is limited and an accommodation, such as allowing the student to “brain dump” his or her knowledge on scratch paper before the assessment, is necessary.
  • Student performs well in guided reading activities, but struggles with comprehension when reading chapters at home. This might indicate that the student has difficulty self-monitoring while reading. Try providing a reading guide that prompts the student to stop after each page and jot down some notes or teaches a similar strategy independently.
  • Student performs really well in after-school program tied to his/her interest. This might indicate there is something in the program that is motivating to him/her that would be helpful to the teacher to leverage.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Goodwin, Bryan. “Which Strategy Works Best?” Educational Leadership Oct. 2014: 77–78.
    http://bit.ly/1dHG1kh
  • Wery, Jessica, and Margareta Maria Thomson. “Motivational Strategies To Enhance Effective Learning In Teaching Struggling Students.” Support For Learning 28.3 (2013): 103-108.

Resources

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a “Yes” for Parts 1 through 4. Through any of a variety of methods (written, scanned documents, audio, video and/or multimedia), educator demonstrates an ability to describe and implement strategies to support the selected student’s learning differences, including their strengths and challenges, and to leverage evidence and data.

Note: Be sure to use a lesson plan that reflects work done by and supports the development of the same student whose work example was used toward your submission for Build A Student-Centered Plan micro-credential.

Part 1. Overview questions

(200-word limit for each response)

  • Why did you select this particular student and instructional strategy to highlight your understanding of accommodating specific strengths and challenges?
  • Provide an overview of what to look for in your artifacts and how they demonstrate skill in addressing student’s learning differences, including strengths and challenges.

Part 2. Lesson/activity plan artifacts

Please provide evidence of a lesson plan or classroom activity that you created to accommodate a student’s learning differences, including strengths and challenges. Please submit one or more artifacts (such as links to writing, scanned documents, images, video, audio, or other media).

Part 3. Work example artifacts

Please provide student work samples or a record of your live teaching that resulted from the lesson plan or classroom activity described in Part 2 and show evidence of accommodations for the selected student’s learning differences, including strengths and challenges. Please submit one or more artifacts (such as links to writing, scanned documents, images, video, audio, or other media).

  • How will you leverage student input in the future to better plan for meeting students’ needs?

Part 4. Reflection evidence/artifacts

Please provide an insightful reflection that describes your current effectiveness and future growth opportunities in your own teaching practice when attempting to address a student’s learning differences, including strengths and challenges. Please submit one or more artifacts (such as links to writing, scanned documents, images, video, audio, or other media) as your reflection.

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
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Requirements

Download to access the requirements and scoring guide for this micro-credential.
How to prepare for and earn this micro-credential - in a downloadable PDF document

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