Have you ever felt like you must compete for student attention? Today’s teachers are in competition with hundreds of channels on cable and satellite television, cell phones, computer games, social media, and everything else available through the internet and cyberspace.Our kids are overstimulated and our teachers overwhelmed as they endeavor to get their students interested and involved in the curricula. Paradoxically, it is our own lessons that signal students when they can be off-task and when they can minimally participate in class! The notion that everyone must participate in the very same way often creates poor learning habits and dangerous gaps in student attentiveness. The good news is that promoting attention and interest is immediately doable!
Differentiated Instruction Benefits for Students
- Differentiated Instruction classrooms differ from more traditional settings where a “one-size fits all” approach is used. In these classrooms, students are enabled to be active participants in their own learning.
- Differentiated Instruction counteracts the practice of teaching to the middle of the group, where so often some students feel lost and others become bored, distracted or disruptive.
- Differentiated Instruction helps learners to receive the content and curriculum in ways that ensure engagement. This engagement fosters learner confidence and promotes deeper levels of understanding.
Teachers will know...
...practical methods to build interest with students
...how to motivate the unmotivated
...how to use Storytelling for Project-Based Learning
...how to grab and keep student interest
...how to incorporate fun and divergent ways of learning
...how to develop critical thinking in the student’s approach to learning
...how this can be modified for all kids and communities
...how to become real to their students
...how to use human graphing to get immediate feedback from students
...how to quickly assess how effective their lesson is going