Catering for Differences. Week 10. What is diversity?. Diversity is defined as the ‘range of differences that encompass such cultural factors as ethnicity, gender, language, ability and special needs’ Groundwater-Smith, Ewing & Le Cornu (2007). Inclusive Education.
Groundwater-Smith, Ewing & Le Cornu (2007)
(Millwater & Beutel, 2009)
In a differentiated curriculum, teachers offer different approaches to:
- reading / writing
A constructivist teaching and learning approach has a focus on the needs and abilities of the student, not the teacher.
Marsh – let’s listen to how some teachers differentiate
Think Pair Share
Unchallenged, they may develop poor study habits and negative attitudes toward school and learning.
1. identify students by name as early as possible
2. accept the student as s/he is, for each has interesting, valuable qualities
3. be aware of previous experiences that have helped shape each student’s feelings
4. observe students and monitor their responses to a diversity of situations
5. adapt groups and/or program to accommodate each student’s needs
6. provide encouragement and constructive feedback
7. seriously consider the effects of commonly used strategies on a student’s feeling of well being
(Sue Watson) retrieved from http://specialed.about.com/od/physicaldisabilities/a/physical.htm