Differentiated Ideas for the Classroom. Andrew Hart. Teachers DO:. Provide several learning options, or different paths to learning, which help students take in information and make sense of concepts and skills .
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Allow your assessments to show student strengths (ex: An artistic student may be able to draw and label parts of a plant rather than write a paragraph about it.) Both students understand the content but are able to explain it in a DIFFERENT WAY!
Using popsicle sticks with names of each student on them always makes for an interesting way to pair groups up. You can also use them during lecture. This really keeps the students attention because they never know whose name is going to be drawn to answer the question.
This technique can be used to develop students’ understanding of concepts while practicing higher-level questioning. This method gives students the responsibility for running a structured classroom discussion.
Gets students out of their chairs and actively involves them in synthesizing important concepts, in consensus building, in writing, and in public speaking. In Gallery Walk teams/individuals rotate around the classroom, composing answers to questions as well as reflecting upon the answers given by other groups. Questions are posted on charts or just pieces of paper located in different parts of the classroom. Each chart or "station" has its own question that relates to an important class concept. The technique closes with an oral presentation or "report out" in which each group synthesizes comments to a particular question.
Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, each piece--each student's part--is essential for the completion and full understanding of the final product. If each student's part is essential, then each student is essential; and that is precisely what makes this strategy so effective.
I think it is a good tool ONLY if you actually take time to discuss the questions asked. Classroom discussion is vital and can be a wonderful tool as long as the teacher establishes discussion guidelines that are designed to keep the class on task.