Monday, January 24, 2011
Who, what, where and how
Who: a classroom is made up of diverse individuals all of which affect learning: gender, culture, personal interests, ability, experience and intelligence.
What: this is the knowledge and skills students will need in life. For some students who are missing critical understanding and skills the teacher will need to backtrack and give additional instruction, for other students they need to be challenged and encouraged to move forward.
Where: the learning environment is very important if students are to feel the classroom is a place where they are valued and can become the best they can be.
How: each student needs to be taught in accordance with his/her readiness, interests and learning style - at times whole class teaching, at other times small groups. It's important for students to come to know what works best for them. It's the how of teaching that really determines whether or not a teacher is differentiating and meeting the needs of all the students.
Photo Credit: Water Drop Photography Tutorial by Steve Wall