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New Optional Fields in LDC Mini-Tasks
LDC mini-tasks now feature optional fields for Differentiation and Reflection. Inspired by the partnership between LDC and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the fields are relevant to and useful for all teachers. Student all have unique strengths and needs, and the Differentiation field was created as an additional tool for providing the customized support that students need to reach high levels of achievement as specified in the standards. The Reflection field supports teacher and student learning by providing space to record and share notes about student performance, instructional next steps, and revisions to mini-task design.
National Board Mini-Task Template
An enhanced National Board mini-task template is newly available that includes prompts and resources to guide the use of these optional fields in ways that explicitly connect with the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching. The Differentiation field provides opportunities to tailor instructional support to the unique strengths and needs of individual students, while the Reflection field invites you to step back and evaluate formative assessment results, lesson successes and challenges, and instructional next steps. This template can be used by anyone and is particularly useful for National Board candidates working to accomplish Components 2 and 4 of their certification. Simply make a copy of the mini-task and start editing!
For questions, or to learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.