Lecture focuses on diverse students' learning needs
THREE University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Education lecturers led a series of workshops on the diverse learning needs of school students this week.
Classroom teachers, guidance officers, support teachers and students studying education descended on USQ Springfield for the Students with Diverse Needs Workshops.
The workshops, which finished on Tuesday (October 20), were designed to provide teachers with ways to implement practical teaching and learning strategies that meet the diverse learning needs of students in Years 1-10.
USQ Senior Lecturer (Education) Dr Nicole Ann Todd said the workshops explored ways to teach students with varied educational needs that can help them learn effectively.
"Every teacher has a responsibility to meet the learning needs of all students so teachers need to have knowledge of a broad range of instructional strategies and methods," she said.
Dr Todd was one of three presenters who took part in the workshop.
She was joined by USQ Lecturer (Education) Tracey Chamlin, who provided an overview of Universal Design for Learning and assisted each participant to link this framework with their current teaching situation.
Students were requested to complete a task as "homework" which was discussed in the second workshop.
The main aim of the workshops was implementation of the ideas presented into real teaching situations.
The workshop's third presenter, USQ Lecturer (Education) Dr Kay Ayre shared some of her research and interests in helping teachers develop and maintain positive, inclusive classrooms particularly from the early childhood perspective.
Dr Todd said discussions at the workshops were of particular benefit to students enrolled at USQ.
She said pre-service teachers who have a good understanding of teaching methods to address all students' learning needs in diverse classrooms would help prepare them for when they enter a school setting.
"Through decades of research we know the evidence-based practice which works with the diverse range of learners in today's classrooms," Dr Todd commented.