Differentiation is the process in which I anticipate and respond to the individual needs the each student in my classroom. Being that each of my student interest, personality, background, and capabilities will vary, it is vital that I use different content/materials and methods to ensure that the learning process for each child is meaningful, relatable, and understandable. I believe that the process of learning greatly affects how information is ultimately learned and applied to other contexts. Because of this, it is my goal to try and understand my students’ perspective, prospective, and capabilities to meet each one on their individual level with an array of tools, content, and finished products.
Above all things, I must ensure that our classroom is safe, secure, and positive. There will be daily checklist inspection form that I will complete prior and after class to make sure that the classroom is free of any harmful materials or ingredients. In regards to illnesses, everyone will be given a copy of the state’s communicable disease newsletter in which everyone in the school must follow. We will practice safety techniques both inside and outside of the classroom. In my purpose to create a thriving and safe community, your child will have the opportunity to assist in developing the rules and expectations in our classroom.
We will do a lot of activities that requires the children to depend on each other in order to complete a task. By doing so, I hope to instill a sense of responsibility in each child. Helpers will be assigned daily to different task to help our classroom run smoothly. Your child will learn that people are depending on him/her to set the table, prepare activities, lead the line, etc. A child’s self-esteem is greatly impacted when he/she does a great job. Your child will soon learn that he/she can depend on others in our classroom/community for help. Additionally, your child will be able to make decisions on what he/she learns. If your child wants to learn more on trains, I am likely to use train cars to teach patterns, colors, engineering, shapes, and etc. This will keep your child stay interested and awareness that what he/she thinks and feels is valuable.
I understand that school can be an unsure place for some children. Here, we will discuss many different situations that may and will happen in school, or elsewhere, and how we can successfully handle each situation. Expect your child to come home and talk about the role-play and theater we did at school. Real- world applications through role-play can help a child make sense of the world around him. We will name and discuss a wide array of emotions and why we feel the way we do. Your child will learn to verbalize his/her feelings and encourage with is liked and discourage what is not.
I will purposely make mistakes and model ways in which to try and rectify them, if possible. Children will be encouraged and given opportunities to make mistakes through play and the process of learning. The majority of my teaching will be on the next level than what your child is currently on which is referred to as teaching up. I will provide students with clear learning goals, guidelines, and assistance, if needed, to support them. Teaching up allows your child the opportunity to further learning by keeping content challenging and allowing for mistakes and failures. These failures will give us the opportunity to learn how to re-evaluate task, make changes, and approach it differently. Some task and goals will be planned from your child’s assessment.
Within the next 30 days, your child will be administered the Brigance assessment. Later, Ages & Stages and the Creative Curriculum Continuum assessments will be administered by me. These assessments allow me to create class lesson plans as well as individualized lesson plans specific to your child to help me serve him/her better. I will discuss each assessment with you and ask for your input to in creating goals for your child. Once these goals are met, we will sign-off on the goal and replace it with a new one. I expect for your child do to his/her best rather it’s painting, puzzling, writing, or caring for a baby doll. I encourage uniqueness. Materials will be given to complete projects; however, everyone project will be different. These works will be displayed all around the classroom to promote differences as well as pictures and items from different cultural, backgrounds, jobs, language, etc.
I look forward to our year together. I’ve provided my contact information so I can be reached at any time. I encouraged suggestions, comments, and questions. Feel free to contact me via email, phone, or in-person.
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Puckett, K (2013). Differentiating Instruction: A Practical Guide. Bridgepoint Education: San Diego, CA.
Tomlinson, C. A., & Javius, E.L.(2012, February). Teach up for excellence. For each to excel, 69(5), 28-33. http://www.stcloudstate.edu/tpi/teachersupport/documents/differentiatinginstruction-earlychildhood.pdf