This past October, Zoe and I were able to bring our universally designed science lessons to the 2015 GATESOL conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This enabled us to share our work with fellow teachers, primarily ESL teachers, for the first time. At the conference, we presented on our middle school lesson. This lesson integrates Nearpod into a solar system focused astronomy lesson.
The lesson was well received, with many of the teachers expressing excitement and interest in the future lessons. The integration of the Nearpod platform with accommodation strategies including cloze passages, guided notes, and gallery walks seemed to grab their attention and spark inspiration for things they could do in their classrooms. Attendance was very high and the feedback was great.
While at GATESOL, we also attended a session on writing for GATESOL’s journal, GATESOL in Action. The workshop was inspiring and we are working on submitting a piece on universal design to the journal. Fingers crossed!