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Module Eight Journal: Extra Credit

SPED 775: Practicum with Exceptional Children & Youth

University of Kansas

Dr. Cynthia Mruczek

Brent Seager

April 28, 2017


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Teaching video name: Formal Lesson Plan Date: 04/26/2017


Three Video
Observation Meaning Research
At 20:05 into the video, I can Providing students with According to High Leverage
be observed providing the verbal and written feedback Practices, 2017, verbal and
student with verbal feedback allows them an opportunity to written feedback are critical
on the classroom activity, see which areas they did well components in the classroom,
which prepared the student in and which areas they can as it provides the teacher an
for the activity and allowed improve in. Feedback is an opportunity to engage with
the student to become more essential element in each the student and provide
engaged in the lesson. classroom that should be additional support and
utilized by each teacher to resources for assignments and
ensure that students are activities in the classroom.
striving to achieve their best. Effective feedback will
ensure that each student has
the necessary resources to be
successful in all school
environments (High Leverage
Practices, 2017). The use of
effective feedback closely
aligns with UDL principle of
providing multiple means of
engagement through
increasing mastery oriented
feedback (National Center on
Universal Design for
Learning, 2017).
At 26:29 into the video, I can Establishing, building, and According to High Leverage
be observed building and maintaining healthy Practices, 2017, building,
maintaining a supportive and relationships with all students establishing, and maintaining
healthy relationship with the is vital, as this will ensure for a healthy relationship with
student that I am talking to an environment that is more students will ensure that each
about his progress and conducive to learning. It will student is geared towards
strategies that he can use to also provide many students learning. The relationships
be successful in all school with the additional support can also be used to support
environments. that they need to ensure students that are struggling or
success in all school having a challenging day.
environments. These factors of relationship
building ensure that each
student buys into the learning
process and will also help to
reduce behavioral challenges
in the classroom, thus
ensuring that instructional
time is better utilized (High
Leverage Practices, 2017).
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The use of relationship


building closely aligns with
UDL principle of providing
multiple means of action and
expression through
supportive planning and
strategy development
(National Center on
Universal Design for
Learning, 2017).
At 1:35 into the video, I can While some skills or According to High Leverage
be observed implementing strategies can be taught with Practices, 2017, teachers have
the design of a sequence of a single lesson, other skills the option to use one lesson
lessons, as I explain how the and strategies may require or a sequence of lessons and
lesson and activities relate to multiple or sequences of activities in order for students
the plagiarism and citation lessons and activities for to master a skill or strategy. I
unit. This information students to acquire and can be observed explaining
allowed the students to see implement the skills and this point to the students and
the purpose of the lesson, strategies correctly. The how this lesson is relevant to
which worked to increase video shows me explaining the unit and their mastery of
engagement and the reasoning behind using a skills and strategies to avoid
participation. sequence of lessons to teach plagiarism and properly cite
plagiarism and correct resources used for
citation of sources. assignments (High Leverage
Practices, 2017). The use of
single and sequences of
lesson closely aligns with
UDL principle of providing
multiple means of
representation using
supplying and activating
background knowledge
(National Center on
Universal Design for
Learning, 2017).
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Observation One
I can be observed implementing effective verbal feedback at 20:05 into the video with the
student seated at the desk. The student was struggling with citing sources and other elements of
the assignment, I provided her with effective feedback that she used to complete the assignment
and it provided her with the necessary motivation to stay engaged and complete a quality
assignment for a grade. According to High Leverage Practices, 2017, effective feedback is one
of the most important elements in the classroom. Feedback provides the students with an
opportunity to showcase their work and receive suggestions about changes and other elements to
improve their skills. Effective feedback can be verbal or written, if it addresses concerns and is
relatable to each student receiving the feedback (High Leverage Practices, 2017). While I
provide feedback at other points in the video, I believe that this observation is a great usage of
feedback to provide the student with the necessary support and motivation to complete a quality
assignment to be graded and to assess her usage of citation techniques taught in class. The use of
feedback closely relates to the UDL principle of providing multiple means of engagement
through increasing mastery oriented feedback to encourage student growth and achievement in
all school environments (National Center on Universal Design for Learning, 2017).
Observation Two
In the second observation at 26:29 into the video, I can be observed implementing the
establishing, building, and maintaining a healthy relationship with the student that I am talking
with. According to High Leverage Practices, 2017, establishing, building, and maintaining
healthy relationships in the classroom is essential in providing each student with an opportunity
to participate and engage in the classroom environment. Healthy relationships can be built using
many different methods, from check in, triage, questions, and other types of formal or informal
conversations (High Leverage Practices, 2017). The discussion that I was having with the
student involved his grades and concerns entering the final weeks of school, and the plan that the
student wants to use to address his challenges to be successful in all school environments.
Throughout the video, I can be observed checking in with students and maintaining relationships,
but this observation shows spot on evidence of relationship building during this lesson. The use
of relationship building in the classroom closely aligns with the UDL principle of providing
multiple means of action and expression through supportive planning and strategy development
(National Center on Universal Design for Learning, 2017).
Observation Three
In the third observation at 1:35 in the video, I can be observed implementing the plans for
designing a sequence of lessons in my conversations with the students about the significance and
purpose of the lesson. According to High Leverage Practices, 2017, vital skills and strategies can
be taught and reinforced using single lessons and a sequence of lessons. For the current unit on
plagiarism and using correct citations, a sequence of lessons is essential for the students to
practice and master the necessary skills and strategies to correctly cite their work to avoid
plagiarism (High Leverage Practices, 2017). While the plagiarism and citation unit will continue
over the next several weeks, using the sequence of lessons has allowed me to space out the
activities and allow the students additional time to develop and master avoiding plagiarism and
correctly citing resources. The use of single lessons or sequences of lessons in the classroom is
closely aligned with UDL principle of providing multiple means of representation using
activation and supplying background knowledge (National Center on the Universal Design for
Learning, 2017).
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References
High Leverage Practices. (2017). Retrieved from: http://www.teachingworks.org/work-of-

teaching/high-leverage-practices
National Center on Universal Design for Learning. (2017). Retrieved from:

http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines_theorypractice