Let’s take a closer look STUDENTS DIFFER IN: How they learn best What interests them Readiness for the content
What’s the point of PAYING ATTENTION TO THESE STUDENT DIFFERENCES? Learning Profile MORE EFFICIENT LEARNING ATTRACT ATTENTIONGROWTH AND ACHIEVEMENT Interest Readiness
Understanding your students will enable more effective differentiation.
What can be assessed? LEARNING PROFILEINTERESTSREADINESS Social/Emotional Factors Learning Styles Multiple Intelligences Hobbies Likes Dislikes Skills Content Concepts
Learning Profile Social/Emotional Factors: Language Culture Health Family Circumstances Special Circumstances
Facts About Learning Styles We tend to teach according to how we learn best. A teacher who is a strong auditory learner will prefer this modality when teaching— she might lecture more. Most people do not use sight, hearing, and touch equally during learning. People develop preferences for certain senses as they learn. Every lesson should be designed to include all three learning modalities: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Think VAK for every lesson. If a child is not understanding your lesson, you should reteach the concept to that child in his/her preferred learning style.
In a differentiated classroom... The More Ways You Teach, The More Students You Reach! V A K