Differentiated Learning – The key is?

Monday, I had the wonderful ability to participate in a Professional Development with many of my colleagues from our sister schools. As a colleagues, experts and learners we came together to discuss what differentiated learning is and how this practice impacts and improves learning for the students that we work with.

Through our presentations and our conversations we discussed four major areas:

Planning for Differentiation

Academic Differentiation

Social Skills Development

Resources

In all of the groups and discussions that I was part of, there was one resounding element. An element that many effective teachers and administrators know and do with out having to think about. So, what is this magic ingredient that will help teachers in the classroom and will help students in their learning.

KNOW YOUR STUDENTS

Knowing your students, is  a key element when building relationships, but in doing so you can find out a students readiness, learning style, reading level, personal interests, talent’s and more importantly their academic support requirements and multiple intelligences. Obviously formal and informal assessments will be able to provide some insight, and I am sure that like myself many people have shelves upon shelves of information that could help, but the easiest thing and most beneficial, both to you as an educator and to your students is to KNOW YOUR STUDENTS.

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2 thoughts on “Differentiated Learning – The key is?

  1. I completely agree, Shawn. I don’t think you can differentiate in any way without knowing the learners you are differenting for/with. Building positive relationships and creating the right learning conditions leads to a greater expectation of success. Then we allow students to take advantage of their talents, creativity, and interests. Thanks for the post.

    On another note, your tagline indicates you are interested in learning about administration. I have just started a blog (a week ago) and one of my major areas of focus will be on school leadership and administration. Please check it out if you have time.

    Thanks again.
    Tom

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