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Curriculum Barrier Case Study

Robert, a 9th grader, is very popular because of his wonderful sense of humor, his respect for teachers, and his expertise in military vehicles. Robert also happens to have Spina Bifida, which confines him to a motorized wheelchair due to his limited mobility and limb strength. His disability negatively impacts his access to reading materials because of the motor coordination it takes to hold a book. Robert is fully included in the general education classroom but struggles to keep up with grade-level reading and written assignments.


The 9th grade social studies teacher is beginning a history unit specifically on the Civil War and has asked you to help evaluate the elements of this unit in regard to Robert’s strengths, areas of need, level of readiness, barriers that will impact his learning, as well as differentiated instruction strategies and instructional technology to overcome those barriers.


Your peer, the 9th grade social studies teacher, has provided you with the unit elements, requirements and Robert’s characteristics.


Unit Elements & Requirements


  • Subject      Matter: Civil War (events leading up to, the event, event outcome)
  • Group      Discussions
  • Workbook/      Worksheet & Textbook Reading
  • Videos
  • Written      Homework Assignments
  • Summative      Unit Assessment


 Student Characteristics


  • Loves      military vehicles
  • Good      sense of humor
  • Respectful
  • Auditory      Learner
  • Logical/      Mathematical Thinker
  • Limited      Mobility
  • Limited      motor coordination
  • Can      use a computer but due to limitations, slow typist


 DISCUSSION QUESTION: Using this Case Study information and past discussions you have had with this teacher:


  1. Provide      a list of at least two differentiated instruction strategies and two      instructional technologies to overcome those barriers specific to this      unit plan. 
  2. Explain      how each instruction strategy and instructional technology device fit into      the TPACK framework.
  3. Explain      how safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology,      including the respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the      appropriate documentation of sources will be incorporated into the      lesson. 
  4. Provide      additional webpages, journal articles, and videos that the teacher can      also use for future reference (cited in APA formatting).

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