Reflection: Effective Teaching Practices for Students with Disabilities

Write A Reflection Form for Elementary Students with Disabilities
1. Describe three students (do not use real names) you are teaching who have identified disabilities
or who are exhibiting significant or persistent academic or behavioral difficulties. As you are completing your reflection, give direct examples related to the needs of these students as well as other students you teach.

General Reflection Questions

2. Describe specific actions that you are using to provide a supportive and responsive learning environment where all students are valued, and all students have opportunities to contribute to one another. How are you helping all your students develop a growth mindset?

3. What are you doing to help each student develop the skills of an expert learner in order for them to be able to learn more effectively and efficiently? Include several well-defined examples.

4. Provide specific examples of how and when you are using the instructional design principles and teacher delivery methods to make your instruction more explicit. Examples should include references to design principles and delivery methods to demonstrate your understanding of each. Answer:

Reflection Regarding the Lesson(s)

5. What were your precise learning goals that emphasized the most essential understandings and the knows and dos related to those understandings? (Understandings are the big ideas/generalizations and should be worded as, “I want the students to understand that…”)

6. What were your learning goals in student-friendly language and how did you communicate them to students to ensure that each individual learner knew the target? How did you help each of your students answer the question, “Where am I going?”

7. How did you use your pre-assessment results? What other formative assessment did you use? Were your students allowed more than one way to show what they know? How could you improve the use of pre-assessment, formative assessment, and summative assessment to inform your instruction?

8. What did you do so students could self-assess and/or monitor their own progress? How did you use specific feedback to help students answer the question, “Where Am I Now?”
Option A

9. What specifically did you do to proactively remove barriers to learning?
How did you provide a universally designed and differentiated environment?
What did you do to ensure that the work was challenging enough to ensure a comfortable and meaningful stretch but not so challenging that students were frustrated and unproductive?
Which of the instructional design principles or teacher delivery methods did you use and how did you use them? How can you improve your instruction in this area?
What did you do to provide opportunities for creativity, collaboration, and/or critical thinking?