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.
There is a difference between personalized learning and differentiation.
Differentiation is a kind of personalized instruction, where teachers adjust process, & product, according to a student’s readiness, interest, & learning style. Planning of the learning starts with the content, and the content remains the same for all students. This is a school and curriculum-centered approach that attempts to amend the delivery of the content to match the student’s needs, strengths, and general readiness.
Personalized learning starts with the learner and asks the question, “What does this student need to understand, and how best can that happen?” This is a student-centered approach, and is built around the idea of recognizing the vast differences in students–not just in terms of literacy or schema, but an authentic need to know.
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Tom Perran's insight:
This looks like an excellent way to pass the experiences of one school year to the next.
“Do special education students suffer from our lower expectations or from a state's expectations that may be too high? Only Goldilocks' knows.” "I worry that students who are labeled as special education get our lower expectations because we don't think they can do more than they are doing, when we should really be helping them do more than they believe they can do. I worry that co-teaching still means very expensive finger pointers who walk silently around the room pointing at ditto after ditto."
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Setting up a classroom is a task that would challenge the most talented interior designer. Classroom management isn’t just about managing people – it about managing stuff as well; and very often they don’t teach you how to do this in graduate school. Whether you have a surplus of resources in a new building or the barren classroom that I unlocked on day one, all over the world teachers are preparing the physical environment for the work that is ahead. My sister and her co-teacher worked this magic last week:
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