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Module 1 Sessions
Module 2 Sessions
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Module 1 Sessions
Module 2 Sessions
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Module One: Knowing the Learner

Module One Sessions


Learning Launch

During this facilitated learning opportunity, participants will refine and deepen their understanding of what a robust learner profile would look like. They begin by identifying the challenging factors that make teaching complex, particularly with respect to the range of strengths and needs of their learners. Participants then consider a variety of visuals and select the one that best reflects their current thinking, feelings and beliefs about teaching students with learning disabilities. They are presented with a brief sample profile of a student with a learning disability and determine the degree to which it would help inform their planning. Through the discussion, participants develop and refine the criteria for a robust learner profile.

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Understanding Learning Difficulties

During this facilitated learning opportunity, educators will explore and deepen their understanding of what is a learning disability with the goal of being able to include the key components in an explanation to a student teacher. They begin by reflecting on and assessing their own abilities, honing in on a particular ability and considering how variations in that ability might become a disability given the demands of certain tasks. Participants extend their understanding of learning disabilities by examining and applying the cognitive processing skills to a case study, and then to a student they know. Finally, they synthesize, consolidate and communicate their learning by preparing a draft script that could be used to explain to a student teacher what a learning disability is and is not. They will refine their thinking about what constitutes a robust learner profile (see Learning Launch).

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Examining Sources that Inform a Learner Profile

During this facilitated learning opportunity, participants will review different sources of assessment information, including those found in an Ontario Student Record (OSR), that can inform a student’s learner profile. They will also determine the relative usefulness of these and other sources in the process of developing a learner profile. Through this exploration, participants will deepen their understanding of how to use various sources and draft a helpful observation tool to support their efforts to better understand and assess a learner’s strengths and needs.

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Recognizing and Capturing Patterns

Read through the activities for the session. Depending on the size of the group, the knowledge and experience of participants (including whether or not they have previously participated in one or more of the other modules), and the grade level they teach, you may need to make choices about presentation style, instructional strategies or activity materials.

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Consolidating Our Learning

During this facilitated learning opportunity, educators will refine their ability to articulate what they have learned about learning disabilities and their ability to develop a learner profile for a student. They will reflect on their previous and current practices and develop important next steps.

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Please direct your inquiries to:
Usha James, Executive Director
Andy Nesbitt, Director of Business Development