This Lesson Guide is intended to help teachers and other adults working in classrooms with students to get the most from the model lesson plans. These plans are meant to demonstrate ways that Accessibility Awareness can be built into lessons to meet curriculum expectations while increasing awareness of accessibility issues and attitudinal barriers. They are designed to offer flexibility:
Lesson planning should always reflect and address the interests, skills, learning styles and needs of students in the class.
Learning for All: A Guide to Effective Assessment and Instruction for All Students, Kindergarten to Grade 12 emphasizes that effective planning of assessment and instruction begins with knowing the students and considering their strengths and needs. Teachers are encouraged to select or create assessment strategies that are appropriate for their students, since these lessons were written with typical but imaginary classes in mind. Assessment of Learning suggestions are not included in the lessons in this package since the lessons are not intended to be summative. Please see Learning for All: A Guide to Effective Assessment and Instructions for All Students, Kindergarten to Grade 12 and Growing success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, First Editions, Covering Grades 1 – 12, 2010 for more information.
Many of the lessons are based on Canadian children’s or young adult books that look at ability and disability from a strength-based perspective. Others refer to film clips from the National Film Board of Canada. Resources from the National Film Board of Canada are available to all Ontario schools at no cost. In some lessons, specific equipment, materials or books are suggested. However, lessons can easily be adapted to use the equipment, materials and books that teachers have in their classrooms, schools or communities.
There is an extensive list of useful websites, children’s literature, teachers’ resources, community organizations and other useful sources of information related to the lessons in the Accessibility+ hub of the website.