Week 3: How do we prepare parents for differentiation in the classroom?

Photo Credit: Lawrence, Julia I believe in being transparent, and that is especially true with parents.  They are entitled to know what their child(ren) experience in school.  Tomlinson states "Successful partnering between teacher and parents is based on proactive communication." (2001)  For a teacher that fully utilizes differentiated instruction, it is important for parents to … Continue reading Week 3: How do we prepare parents for differentiation in the classroom?

Week 2: What role does professional satisfaction play in the effectiveness of a classroom?

By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34163689   I live and breathe statistics, and so it is appropriate to begin with some astonishing, maybe not so astonishing, data results.  There are a variety of factors that affect job satisfaction for teachers, and Karen Meyers Giacometti, in her dissertation, concluded that the best predictor for choosing to stay … Continue reading Week 2: What role does professional satisfaction play in the effectiveness of a classroom?

Week 2: How do you make decisions about your own actions for students in a differentiated classroom? What is your criteria for intervention, and/or for letting learning happen?

How do you answer these questions in a concise way?  Provide a concept map!   The first question's answer is provided in the three nodes: Roles of Teacher Metaphors (Tomlinson, 2001), Proactive Communication (Wright, 2012), and Best Practices - 4 Goals (Wright, 2014).  Tomlinson provides great descriptions of our roles, and it really resonated with … Continue reading Week 2: How do you make decisions about your own actions for students in a differentiated classroom? What is your criteria for intervention, and/or for letting learning happen?

Week 1: How do we keep our lessons engaging? Does innovation play a part in this?

As a high school math teacher, this question is always on my mind.  There are many instances where I can read about how elementary/middle school math teachers engage their students, but find it difficult to find instances where certain strategies work with upper level math students.  Manipulatives rule in lower level math content, but finding … Continue reading Week 1: How do we keep our lessons engaging? Does innovation play a part in this?