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Religious Education and Differentiated Instruction

A Holistic Approach To Sowing The Seeds of Our Faith
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julia manini

on 27 November 2012

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Transcript of Religious Education and Differentiated Instruction

The Roots Nourishing with Learning the Lesson on "Lesson Planning" Learning...Growing...Blossoming Our Final Thoughts: Core Putting the "i" in "FaIth" 1. Student readiness Teaching And Learning... Just as our students ARE NOT and do not learn and take in information in a unilateral fashion, neither should our lessons
be constructed this way. Self and Peer Assessment Giving it a magic sprinkling of...Truth The Differentiated Way 2. Learning preferences 3. Student interests What might this clip have to do with our classrooms and student readiness? Creating Classroom Communities Key Tools: Trust
Knowledge
*teacher as educator,
mentor, and witness
Compassion
Empathy
Integrity The Key Features Of A DI Classroom:
1. Choice
2. Respectful tasks
based on curriculum
3. Flexible Grouping
4. Shared Responsibility
for learning Why D.I? ...to help ALL students learn

...to increase student motivation and achievement

...to connect with adolescent learners

...to help adolescents become independent learners

...to increase teacher satisfaction and efficacy Once Community is created...
student readiness can also be ascertained by:

Assessment For Learning
Carousel Activities
Class Brainstorming
Changing Papers
Exit Cards Determine student learning styles using:
VARK: learners are identified by preference for:
1. visual learning (pictures, movies, diagrams)
2. auditory learning (music, discussion, lectures)
3. reading and writing (making lists, reading textbooks, taking notes) 4.kinesthetic learning (movement, experiments, hands-on activities Once the VARK has been established...
Construct "Learning Goals" and "Success Criteria" with students. What might this clip have to do with teaching religious education? 1. FAITH...in what we are saying and in who we are teaching
2. We teach who we are...
3.If we want students to believe what we are saying, WE have to believe in the merits of what we are teaching Students are not... "Another fundamental aspect related to the early experiences of novice teachers, one that teacher training programs should pay the closest attention to if they don't already, is teachers' preparation for "reading" a class of students as if it were a text to be decoded, comprehended"
(Paolo Freire, -"Pedagogy of Freedom") Be Not Afraid...

"I teach because I search, because I question, and because I submit myself to questioning". ~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom objects...they are not receptacles we "fill-up" with our knowledge-rather... "What is really essential in this process is that both the teacher and the students know that open, curious questioning, whether in speaking or listening, is what grounds them mutually—not a simple passive pretense at dialogue." ~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom Tiered Lesson Construction: Avoiding the "Jenga" Approach More DI Fun... It is evident that...
DI offers all students the opportunity to succeed from their individual points of entry Brought to you by: www.God_inspired.org Ready...Set... ACTION! Putting DI Into Practice In groups of 3: Take
1.A piece of chart paper with a heading
2.A marker
3. Take the following curriculum expectation: back to your team
Gr. 10-Family Life and Education
Overall Expectation:
Examine healthy patterns of relating with a focus on friendship, intimacy, sexuality, and communication

Instructions: For each heading, you will have approx. 5 minutes to construct an idea for a classroom activity/assignment/project that would effectively relate the content of this material.

Once the 5 min. are up, we will "rotate papers" and you will do the same thing for a new heading (different activity OF COURSE:) Some food for thought... Gallery Walk Once you have finished rotating the papers... Take your trusty "Post-It" notes, and as you travel through each chart place any comments or questions that you may have about the activity on its respective piece of paper.

1. How do you see D.I working in your own teaching practice?

2. What are your questions or concerns leaving this session?

3. What one thing do you think you can implement as a starting point for making your classroom practices D.I. fabulous? to help keep you grounded along the
way... A little "loot" for the take
away There is, in fact, no teaching without learning. ~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom Some Resources To Keep You Getting Your D.I. ON! Carfleo
http://www.carfleo.org/

Institute for Catholic Education
http://www.iceont.ca/

Salt and Light Catholic Media
http://saltandlighttv.org/

The Vatican
http://www.vatican.va/ Development and Peace
http://www.devp.org/en

Kairos
http://www.kairoscanada.org/
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