Integrating Universal Design and Response to Intervention in Methods Courses for General Education Mathematics Teachers

Kelley Buchheister, Christa Jackson, Cynthia E. Taylor

Abstract


Traditionally, teacher education programs have placed little emphasis on preparing
mathematics teachers to work with students who struggle in mathematics. Therefore, it is crucial that mathematics teacher educators explicitly prepare prospective teachers to instruct students who struggle with mathematics by providing strategies and practices that specifically address their needs. In this study, we describe the principles of Universal Design for Learning and Response to Intervention. More specifically, we discuss how one Mathematics Teacher Educator uses these frame works in her mathematics methods course to help prospective teachers become cognizant of early interventions and effective strategies that can be implemented to provide all students with the greatest opportunity to learn.

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