would not be successful if we did not differentiate then there are many other
reason why we should do it too.
Every student is different
Engagement leads to success
Helps our most vulnerable students
Sets students up for the 21st learning environment
Flexiblity is more valuable than rigidity
Here is why I differentiate
classroom where the majoirity of my students were working at the same
level. Differentiation does not mean
that I only do this for regular stream vs special education stream students. It
mean to do it for all students.
spanning over to grades. With an
average of one third requiring special education needs not including a variety of mental health
issues, differentiation becomes very important.
Why I differentiate
because it makes my life easier.
When I differentiate I have less classroom management issues, more work is completed, student like learning, and I can reach more students easily without
planning multiple activities for the same learning task.
disengaged with writing who refuses to write become one of my most creative
hiding in the corner for who she really is a fun creative and engaging kid who
has a lot of value to add but in her own way.
and to not understand this means alienating more than 50% of my class.
with what they’re supposed be learning.
They can see through busywork and they need a purpose for learning.
collaboration, communication, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and
more are essential skills the students need to develop in order to be
successful in their future world
students just want what’s best for their kids and they cry when their kids are
labeled with special education needs.
By differentiating I can show them the special-education diagnosis is
not a life sentence. Their children can
and will achieve when given the correct supports in the classroom.
confident in their ability. And accept that they may learn differently but can
still learn. It is a powerful door that is opened for their potential. Recognizing that all students can achieve is a core belief that is essential when working
with students. Although I may not be
able to breakthrough all barriers that inhibit student success, and I may not be the person to do this for
every student, I try. And with some success I am able to make a difference for
those that are ready.
differentiate for themselves to advocate
for their own learning. When a student
understands how they learn, you make it possible to advocate for themselves. They can then better access what is
being presented to them independently. This makes the student’s life the life of their future
actually much easier than being rigid and inflexible. The simple act of being flexible
in the classroom, although difficult at first to shift to this mindset in the
classroom, in practice makes teaching, planning and learning easier. Inquiry is an amazing approach to teaching
and learning and I would encourage you to walk through the fire and see what
amazing things can happen when you give it a try.
teacher. Differentiation makes me a
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