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Exploring Differentiation in the Early Childhood Classroom
Transcript of Exploring Differentiation in the Early Childhood Classroom
July 15, 2013
Thank you for investing in me
I am Somebody....
1. What is one thing I wouldn't know by looking at you?
2. Do you have a favorite subject? What is it, and is there a specific reason?
3. What was one of your great memories in school?
What is Differentiation?
in the Early Childhood Classroom
Teachers striving to address student’s specific readiness needs, particular interests, and the student’s preferred ways of learning.
C. Tomlinson, 2008
All students are capable of learning, which involves providing the circumstances for learning to take place.
What’s fair in teaching means giving each student the tools and support to progress at their particular learning level.
Synthesizing My Pedagogy
Implications for the Future
Student Centered Learning
give students ownership of their learning
learner constructs knowledge for themselves
differ by culture
Understanding the student first
relational teaching experience
The teachers mindset should first be student-centered then this conscious mindset becomes embedded further into differentiated teaching practices.
Dr. Rita Pierson
“Every child deserves a champion who will never give up on them and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”
Begin my career and continue to explore best practices
Incorporate more technology
student-focused teacher research
present research to administration
continuous action research in my classroom
- self esteem
- Child- Empathy Research Study
- Internship - Elementary School Counselor
My Teaching Experiences
Differentiated Instruction in Diverse Classrooms
The classroom should be a learning environment that is more closely consistent with the nation’s democratic goals of students learning and working together.
(George, 2005) (Huebner, 2010)
internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business.
Sir Ken Robinson
Education = fast food model
impoverishing our spirit and our energies just like fast food does to our physical body
Zagat & Michelin Restaurants
customized to local circumstances
customized to the local student
labeling & categorizing is not differentiated Instruction
less risk stigmatizing high and low level achievers
What research says about
My preference for showing knowledge- writing, creating a visual project
*** high-stakes assessments are not congruent with differentiated teaching
building blocks of differentiation
:Implications for Assessment
learning is active
high expectations exist for all students with scaffolding to support success
learning occurs in a social context
What it takes....
needs & interests
showing I care about their:
Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.
3rd Grade Math Standard
2/8 green peppers
1/8 black olives
1/4 green peppers
2/4 = 1/2 pepperoni
3/4 is greater than 1/8 because 6
of my slices have cheese and 1 slice of the pizza has black olives.
non-verbal Learning Disability
Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Elm Street Elementary
What is differentiation?
Present Efforts to Differentiate
TED Talks Education pbs.org May 2013
My College Experiences
The Bedford School
There is more pepperoni than green peppers on the pizza.
4/8 is greater than 2/8.
To Ensure Reliable & Valid Assessment data:
Questions should be asked.....