The Diversity of our Students

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!

Download di_presentation_blog_post.ppt


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  1. Chris Marshall said:

    Ahh, the art of grilling. One of the more important subjects next to education.

    Thank you Scott for allowing me to join you for a bite. When I came to Philly and the NECC, I had no idea what to expect. Discovery Education has given me an incredible opportunity for collaboration and learning that I can’t wait to take back to Texas. Thank you very much.

    I wanted to add to your comments about differeniated instruction and the diversity of students. Truly, student diversity is really infinite. They all come from so many different backgrounds and have so many different perspectives and ways of processing information. Of course this is what makes each person an individual. Also, we have to acknowledge that our student populations are ever changing and require constant adaptation. If we as teachers want to be effective in today’s multimedia world we cannot expect to teach solely in the old unimedia world (textbooks, paper, etc). Our students today live in a rich world of visual and auditory stimulation. We do not have to compete with this world, we can be a part of it, the tools are at our disposal. We need to adapt as teachers to this world and use it to reach students and teach them in the way in which they live. provides me so many of the tools to break out of the unimedia mindset. It allows me to adapt, in ways that are not complicated and are actually fun and interesting. You have to reach them where they live, and they live in a multimedia world.


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