In this video from the PD Online course Differentiated Instruction: Creating an Environment That Supports Learning, Carol Ann Tomlinson offers tips for setting up a classroom for more effective instruction.
Honest feedback is vital. But to hold back a third-grader next year based on a wildly new test that neither he nor his teachers were prepared for isn't the right way to start. And what do we need to add to the agenda?
Online students have special organizational and motivational challenges that most traditional students don�t have. But even though you don�t actually go anywhere when you go back to school, you still need to be prepared.
Tom Perran's insight:
Basic steps for students to take to get organized for an online course. Includes a video on the benefits of using Evernote. Article and video are a bit dated but still contain good advice.
"Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation. Everything might be moving along quite nicely at the dinner table, everyone’s happy and laughing but one question can send those same smiling faces into a frenzy of shouts and upset. This also holds true in a classroom. Students may be working quietly and the teacher might be content but one question or comment from a student or the teacher can turn that quiet into bubbling sea of chatter.
Beyond textbooks and worksheets, at the core of every basic lesson lies the key to teaching students anything and everything–student engagement."
Among all the millions of videos out there, how do you find the great ones? How do you evaluate the quality of a video? Who are the great content creators, and what are the best curation sites? Which kinds of videos work as fun supplements, and which are best for actual instruction? How do you get students engaged in discussion after watching videos? How do you blend videos into your curriculum?
No two students enter a classroom with identical abilities, experiences, and needs. Learning style, language proficiency, background knowledge, readiness to learn, and other factors can vary widely within a single class group.
Regardless of their individual differences, however, students are expected to master the same concepts, principles, and skills. Helping all students succeed in their learning is an enormous challenge that requires innovative thinking.
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Research has identified classroom characteristics that promote success for children with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism: individualized instruction, interesting curriculum, positive reinforcement, predictability, short working periods, ...