During tonight’s ( 10-4) #edchat a number of us myself included tweeted that what we really need is not a lot of talk about reform but just focus on meeting the needs of our students.
Then I saw a blog post titled “Why I don’t like Differentiated Instruction”
While I agree with the author that the focus cannot be on the teacher or on the instruction, but rather we need to focus on the learning.
However if we are truly focusing on meeting our students needs and if we are truly facilitators in the learning process then by definition we must differentiate. No two children learn the same way, and different children have different needs.
We can talk about differentiation, and technology, and grades, and standardized testing and any other hot topic in education but if truly want to help our students and maximize their learning ( after all isn’t that what it is all about) then we need to FOCUS on one thing; HOW CAN WE MEET OUR STUDENTS NEEDS or in other words WE NEED TO PUT KIDS FIRST.
If that becomes our focus everything else is really secondary