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Multimodality: Creating Access for All Kinds of Learners


Currently I am a fifth grade teacher in an ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) classroom in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The majority of students that attend my school are from Hispanic backgrounds, fewer are from Asian backgrounds, and an even smaller percentage are from an African-American background. This year, one of our school goals was to focus on written and oral communication by pushing our students to be able to speak about and defend their ideas and opinions.  As part of this thinking, my co-teacher and I knew that we needed to incorporate enriching experiences that would not only engage our students but would allow them to fully demonstrate their ideas and focus on their strengths. Utilizing an inquiry process that included multimodal strategies proved to be a vital component in helping all of our students--those with IEPs and those without--meet this goal.