June 10, 2015 Leave a comment
Champion blogger Bianca Hewes, someone I reference here often as she is brilliant, prolific, and indefatigably generous, has done it once again with today’s Evidence Based teaching Practices Self-Assessment – Standards Aligned offering. Below is a sample image. If you fancy yourself someone committed to differentiation of instruction, try her self-assessment on for size and see how it fits. If you wonder about this kind of instruction, wonder how you might need to adjust your practice to provide for all your students, or maybe just wonder about all the fuss, I’d encourage you to give it a look as well.
For the California readers of this blog, the Department of Education provides resources on Multi-Tiered System of Supports that comprise best practices standards for California Educators, and Core Component Number One is Differentiated instruction. Visit the CDE webpage MTSS Core Component 1: Differentiated Instruction for more information.
And a quick reminder to my California Ed Tech colleagues, in the 2012 Education Technology Task Force Recommendations was the strong and clear message that 1:1 student:device ratios were optimal for modern instruction. The Task Force observed that the ready availability of Internet-connected devices was key to the provision of differentiated instruction. See page 9 on the report.
If there was ever a time to make the case for making learning happen for every child in our classrooms, this is it. The plunging cost of devices, the vast ocean of knowledge available to all those connected, and the systems available to deliver it to children of the world make this a sweet time to be an educator!