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Multimodality: Learning Through Multi-Sensory Means

I, Kayla Shaoul, am an educator.

I have gained knowledge through implementing instruction for various curricula and I am able to create multiple paths through differentiated instruction. This allows students with varying performance levels, background knowledge, preferences in learning and language abilities to learn together in a collaborative setting. I have always advocated for my students' best interest.  I encourage students to believe in themselves by understanding and engaging their unique talents through multimodal learning. Through my teaching practices I plan to to impact my student’s learning through developing strategic instruction using multimodal resources. 
I am proud to be a part of the teaching culture that understands the importance of continuously developing our craft. I believe it is imperative to contribute professionally in order to be an accomplished teacher for the NYC Department of Education. Throughout the past couple of years, I have been fortunate enough to attend several professional development sessions at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College Inclusive Classrooms Project. I always took away valuable information to implement within the classroom. 
At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, I was selected to be a part of a yearlong inquiry and was chosen for the Multimodality Inquiry-to-Action team. The journey begins: I met with my team once a month during the school year. Within our meetings, we were asked to enhance our current practice through research, discussion, targeted assignments, and continual self-evaluation. Throughout this time I began to think about what multimodality means to me. My way of thinking and presenting lessons in the classrooms began to change. Implementing what I learned from our meetings to engage my students in multimodal learning became my ultimate goal. Teaching students to participate in multimodal practices through a variety of high-technology and low-technology projects is ever-changing.
And so my journey continues…