The name of this post is the same as the name of the presentation I recently gave for RSCON5. Below is a link to the Elluminate session. Differentiation,inclusion and meeting the needs of our diverse learners is a real passion of mine. Here are links to two articles I recently posted on Facebook
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition
by Carol Ann Tomlinson (I have this book on my iPad but I haven't read it on my to do list )
Here are my 3 Keys or Essential Ideas
- Know your Students- Each student has a unique story know his or her story as Edna Sackson says " Remember we are teaching people not subjects"
- One Size Doesn't Fit All - Even though in many of our schools we put students who are the same age in the same class is doesn't mean they are they same and you need different approaches for each. Kelly Tenkely gave a great analogy. She said that in the same way not all children loose their teeth at the same not all children are ready to read at the same time. No parent will demand that their child's tooth be pulled because his best friend has lost three teeth already.
- Fair but Not Equal- The simplest analogy I could give would be to say well it is unfair that Johnny who is near sited gets to wear glasses. Not everyone is equal because not everyone needs to wear glasses but it is more than fair.