In this issue......

* Editor's Notes
* Differentiated Instruction
* Get Students Involved
* Get Parents Involved

Editor's Notes

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The main focus of this newsletter is differentiated instruction. I've also added different articles on getting students involved within their school and getting parents involved with their children. I hope you find it informative and valuable.

Differentiated Instruction

Several of my pages discuss the three types of students' learning styles, i.e visual, auditory, kinesthetic. Children have different learning styles and teachers need to keep that in mind when developing their lesson plans.

Differentiated instruction may involve:

* Grouping students with different academic capabilities.
* Providing accomodations for particular students, e.g. special needs.
* Assessment - both informally and formally.
* Challenging students at their appropriate level, in light of their readiness, interests, and learning abilities.

Here are three links that reinforce the belief in differentiated instruction and provide some tips and teaching strategies.

1. This first excellent article by Dr. Carol Ann Thomlinson explains how differentiated instruction works and why we need it. In other words teachers should work to accommodate and build on students diverse teaching needs.

Be sure to click here and read it. You'll find plenty of great ideas.

2. A second link describes four ways to differentiate instruction; that is, differentiation can occur in the content, process, product or environment in the classroom. Get the details here.

3. Click here and discover some other strategies to provide differentiated instruction.

After reading these articles, I`m sure you now have a good understanding of what differentiated instruction is all about and how to implement it in your own classroom.

Get Students Involved

As I mentioned on my website, class participation is an important part of a classroom's day-to-day routines and student assessment. Don't just deliver your lessons but get your students actively engaged, participating and interacting with each other and you. Here are some articles that provide some additional teaching strategies to get your students involved.

1. This article about "The importance of the Responsive Classroom" highlights the importance of getting students to develop socially and participate in school activities.

2. In this article about “Teaching English Language Learners“(ELL), by Claude Goldenber, he points out “that instruction should include active engagement and participation and opportunities to interact with other students.

"Some teachers can also make review a part of “Friday Fun Day” with vocabulary review games like Go Fish or Concentration, or some kind of PowerPoint game. Activities to engage students are endless; the key is to find a balance between explicit instruction and student-centered the activities.“ Read my page on Special Talk and Student of the Week, a classroom meeting that is one of my favourite classroom activities for team building.

3. A third article describes a teaching strategy to get students more involved, thinking and participating in a class discussion.

Be sure to read my pages on student motivation and discover other ways to engage students as well as my page about leading effective class discussions.

Get Parents Involved

Here's an article from a Glendale newspaper about Teaching parents to teach kids where Dr. Marine Avagyan, a teacher specialist and reading coach at Jefferson Elementary provides some teaching strategies to show parents how to get more involved in their children's education and help their children become better readers.

Have a look at my page on Dealing With Parents and add Dr. Avagyan's ideas to your list when parents ask you how they can help their kids.

I hope you have found this newletter beneficial. If you have any comments or questions please use this contact form

If you have some of your own teaching strategies that you would like to share, please use the form you`ll find by clicking here.

Until next month keep well and happy teaching!!


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