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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Differentiation is not just a teaching method; I'm realizing it's a skill.

So October 29, 2013 will mark my first complete year as a teacher and I'm still learning to differentiate my students. In most cases, within a few days to weeks, I can point out my advanced/low to medium skilled students by their productivity yet I find it challenging to give them differentiated assignments. There are some that are extremely intelligent when it comes to writing, reading and testing, yet they fall in the low rate when creating projects. At the same time, most of my students who can care less about turning in assignments score higher and show more creativity during production. While juggling through various assignments and trying to teaching a standard to several academic levels, I'm finding that teaching by differentiation is a skill I have to master. I refer to differentiation as a skill because I have to find ways of meeting the students current level of achievement while not letting their levels become obvious by the rest of the class.

1 comment:

Terry said...

I am constantly redefining differentiation as well. One thing I have always done which seems to help me identify the different learners in each class is an activity I do on day 1 called What Kind of Learner Are You. It asks the students some simple questions and based on their answers you can get a pretty good picture of how they like to learn individually. Some of the different types are Music, Body (Healthy), Solo and Group learners. I hold onto the results of the activity throughout the semester and refer back to it from time to time to remind myself of who my different learners are. I will gladly share this activity with you and maybe it will help. Please remind me on Tuesday and I will e-mail it to you.