Wednesday April 17th 2019
Q1: Everyone in the educational sphere is involved in teacher preparation, both directly and indirectly. How do you see yourself within teacher prep?
Q2: What are some ways that classroom teachers can best support teacher candidates in their UDL journeys?
Q3: What part do administrators play in a student teacher’s UDL knowledge-building?
Q4: How might students impact a teacher candidate’s UDL adventure?
This Twitter chat was as enlightening as ever! I really got the hang of the notifications in this chat in that I learned how to respond by putting @the person’s name at the end of the chat. I found myself engaging in a side discussion specifically in response to fellow classmate Susan Gower’s post about trying to influence others into the realm of UDL and being met with apathy and disinterest. I responded about frustration’s I have developed in trying to be a change maker and how I have developed a reputation. This is where Jennifer Pusatari stepped in and said to “show them the data.” She not only suggested data in regards to test scores but also in terms of engagement and she provided me with some data tracking forms. This was excellent advice because like they say “the proof is in the pudding.”
This Twitter chat was also about how UDL can be integrated into teacher preparation at the school level through mentorship opportunities. There were lots of useful insights shared about how it needs to start with administrators training the staff but also being invested in UDL as well. I certainly agree that it starts with the administrators, but any teacher that is invested in UDL that takes on a mentoring role can inspire younger teachers by being “influencers”. This is done by simply implementing UDL in the classroom and sharing the results. These snow balls can create an avalanche allowing the word to spread. To put it more simply, the power to influence change and inspire rising teachers can start with us in our own classrooms. Teachers like myself, that have become transformed by UDL, are the ones that need to step up and out with confidence and take on mentees. I know that this is something that I should do that I have shied away from. I need confidence to push through and take on this amazing and necessary responsibility. I need not be afraid to shine my light because the proof is in the pudding.
I also started following Jennifer Pustari because of her amazing insight!