Because students learn in different ways and at different paces, direct instruction, experiments, and projects must be designed to allow each child to access the learning experience in the way that best “fits” his/her unique talents and areas for growth. Therefore, to the greatest extent possible, REACH selects curricula that employ a range of teaching methods including: direct instruction, collaborative grouping, project work, and the use of dynamic and flexible small groups for both initial instruction as well as re-teaching and targeted interventions.
In addition, REACH faculty use Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as the schoolwide method for their lesson design. UDL address learner uniqueness by integrating flexible goals, methods, materials, and assessments into a planning format and helps teachers identify a variety of options for the design of a unit or lesson, including barriers that need to be overcome in a lesson. UDL lesson planning takes broad goals from the Colorado standards.
Finally, all teachers at REACH employ differentiated instruction strategies to meet individual learner needs. Based on the content being introduced and the composition of the class, teachers may differentiate content, processes, or expected products.