Last night, Chris Marshall (a middle school teacher from Texas) and I went for a bite to eat after a long day of NECC conferencing. While we discussed many things (including the art of grilling) our conversation ended with a discussion on students and their diversity. Lately, more and more emphasis has been placed on diversity in our classrooms and the ways in which we can reach all students. While not a simple task, I sum it up with a few tenants. First, as educators, we must recognize that our students are different. They have different learning preferences, varied and diverse backgrounds, come to us with varying sets of knowledge, etc. However, just recognizing that fact is not enough. Once we recognize those differences, we must act upon them.
Thursday at 9:30 am, I will be leading a session on using digital media and other technologies to differentiate instruction. I have included that presentation along with this post. Come visit room 307 at NECC (the Discovery corporate room) and weigh in on this very important issue. If you can’t make it, look through the attached presentation and give us your thoughts!