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Knowing about different types of minds can help us during planning our lessons, deciding what way to differentiate our instruction, and help us understand better our students. Temple Grandin touched on different types of minds in the video. Visual thinking has helped her in the career she chose. This allowed me to see that this can benefit others with their careers too. Of course not every career will be suitable for this type of mind. I liked how she gave the example of the student drawing in a different perspective and how the teacher would be able to identify the student as a visual thinker. This would be useful for educators since they could start adapting the learning material to the way the student prefers to learn. This would benefit both the teacher and the student. All the thinkers she mentioned in the video can be in my future special education classroom one day. This video is just a way to start thinking of the different things that I will face in my classroom and how to prepare for solving or adapting to them.

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Differentiated instruction can help the student understand and make sense of the material being taught. It allows the teacher to provide various learning options for the students. Not every student will understand the lesson with the same instruction given to everyone. This is a very important skill a teacher must have. As teachers we must be able to change and modify our instruction in order to benefit our students. For example, in the TED video Temple Grandin mentions how she started learning how to do her assignments because it involved one of her interests. Teaching involves getting students interested in the material. This allows the students to start using their minds. Changing the material to their interests is a great way to get them involved. I liked the example Temple Grandin gave in the video of the student with Autism. The teacher differentiated the lesson by integrating the student’s interest for cars into the lesson. These are just a few examples of how differentiating instruction can impact students’ performance. 

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In the reading Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants by Marc Prensky it discusses how there is a gap between digital immigrant learners and digital native learners. This reminded me of how the universal design for learning can impact this issue. Digital immigrant learners believe that teaching methods should be the same no matter what time period they are in. This would greatly impact the students’ future performance and not in a positive form. These types of teachers are trying to teach to a new group of students with an outdated language that these students might not comprehend completely. This also involves being able to differentiate instruction using technology in the classroom. How would these teachers do that? There are many topics in the education field that interconnect with each other and impact each other in one-way or another.

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