Your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to read the following three classroom scenarios and determine what they have in common, beyond the obvious things like, they occur in schools, etc. Accomplishing this task means you will have to search for clues to this open-ended question, you will have to think creatively and critically and that will be easier if you can demonstrate a tolerance for ambiguity. You will have to understand that your inquiry, your search for knowledge, is more important than any specific answer. And finally, to find commonality in these 3 scenarios, you probably need to relax and have a little fun . . . You brain likes when you smile. Read more
Robin J. Fogarty
Robin J. Fogarty, PhD, has trained educators throughout the world in curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies. She has taught at all levels, served as an administrator, and consulted with state departments and ministries of education.
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Differentiation means different. It means different than every other human being. It means, “I’m unique and so are you.” And, it means that, literally, we’ve been different places, we know different things, we’ve read different books, and we’ve listened to different music. More importantly, we think different thoughts, make different connections, and generally, have a unique uniqueness that no one else on the face of this earth has. Read more
The 21st Century teacher leader is the one who can learn, unlearn, and relearn. These words offer a truth that is as relevant today as it was when Toeffler wrote it in Future Shock, 1970. In honor of his passing this past June, I had revisited this prophetic book that had made such an impression on me and I realized that these words are indeed, alive and well in 2017.
“Different Brains, Different Learners” encapsulates the raison d’être for differentiated classrooms. Simply put, every brain of every learner is different. Students know different stuff, have been to different places, read different books, and prefer different pastimes, hobbies, and sports. Thus, it follows that every brain learns differently because it harbors a different schema. It has connected and chunked different patterns of facts, knowledge, and understanding.