(1) Reflect on what you think might be some of the characteristics of the differentiated classroom based on your reading thus far. Tomlinson lists eight principles that guide differentiated instruction (Chapter 2: 1999). To what extent is each of these principles reflected in your classroom? Look at the brief profiles of Lin, Rafael, Serena, Trevor, Lesley, Danny, and Theo (Chapter 2; 2001). Who do they remind you of in your school or classroom?
Contemplating on the idea of differentiated classroom, it can be seen that it involves the collaborative attempt of both the teacher and students to create a classroom environment that embraces diversity and differences. With these differences, it helps create the realization towards finding new ways to improve the level of appreciation and learning of content. With these, it helps the educator determine the patterns or methods of instruction that can best apply and supplement the needs of students in the classroom. From this perspective, I do believe that this serves as an important foundation for shaping a differentiated classroom.
Similarly, the readings also provide relevant insights about the associated roles and responsibilities that educators have to fulfill in order to create a differentiated classroom. Specifically, it may involve addressing key issues such as communication, assessment, instruction, standards, and other related principles that influence the acquisition of information and learning (Tomlinson, 1999). These elements act altogether to create a classroom that is conducive to change and recognizes the value and potential of differentiated classroom to the needs of students today.
In terms of its application in my classroom, it can be seen that I have recognized the relevance and potential of setting up a differentiated classroom. Not only does this benefit the needs of my students overall, it also aligns the formulation of new objectives and norms that center towards learning, diversity, and adaptability to change. This recognition of learning principles remains to be seen in my classroom. Though improvements have to be made concerning the achievement of associated goals, it is also important to consider how the current framework for classroom instruction can be improved or developed.
(2) What are some of the goals (at least four) that you have for students as learners? How do these goals reflect a differentiated approach-or could they?
My goals for students as learners revolve around (1) allow students to engage with the course with the use of different tools for instruction, (2) creating open communication and responses to issues related to classroom objectives, (3) exploring different forms of content, and (4) relating topic with issues happening today. The first goal reflects a differentiated approach because the teacher uses a multi-faceted approach in teaching. This process in turn creates numerous opportunities for students to consider honing their skills and...