Please give me your best tips for ‘Inclusion and differentiation - with minimal effort by the teacher
I received the above request from a teacher in a Facebook group. What attracted me most about this request was that it was elegant and authentic. The teacher was asking what they could do without making too much more effort than they were already making.
And that’s understandable and fair because nobody wants teachers to work harder than they do already, even though we do want them to get better results and include students of all levels and abilities in the same classroom.
Getting better results for less effort requires an upgrade to our usual thinking about what education is for, and how it is done. Luckily, the landscape of the classroom has changed since you were in school.
Experienced teacher of Mathematics and English
Certified Life Coach
In a series of five blogs in the category "Five Tips from a Retired Educator" I share a handful of ideas that will move your classroom teaching into the modern era, and move the workload and responsibility where it belongs - with the students.
But that shift of responsibility needs to be handled caringly, assertively and with vulnerability from the teacher. These five steps will help you with that. And, if you would like to speak with me about it, click here
The Changing Landscape of the Classroom
This topic has been covered in greater depth elsewhere, but for simplicity, based on three decades of teaching, I offer the following three descriptions, snapshots from three generations of teaching:
These 5 tips
I am going to assume that you have not been given any particular training in how to include a diverse range of students in the same class so I will start with two basics.
In any modern-day classroom, there will be students who are more or less interested in the subject, have a greater or lesser grasp of the skills and knowledge and are more or less socially mature than the average. There are students who are living with an advantage or impairment of some kind and who need special consideration in order to feel included in the classroom activities.
Teachers are professionals, they go to great lengths to prepare materials, activities and assessments suitable for the many kinds of students they have in their room class.
This can be exhausting until the teacher has developed their own library of materials and pallet of activities.
In this category of blogs
Five Tips for Inclusion and Differentiation
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