Watch the Video
Watch the video, "Teaching Diverse Learners," taking notes as you watch. After you watch, jot down your answers to the questions below. If you prefer to watch the video in segments, pause the video when you see the next chapter heading.
Why should teachers know about the diverse backgrounds of their students?
In the first video segment, Professor Strickland addresses the importance of teachers understanding the backgrounds of their students in order to plan effective instruction.
- How can teachers build on the background knowledge and experiences of their students when planning literacy instruction?
- What are the pitfalls of assigning characteristics to a certain group of people?
- How can you foster respect for the cultures and diversity of your students?
What kinds of instruction help teachers address the range of student needs?
In this segment, Professor Strickland discusses multilevel instruction and scaffolding instruction.
- What does it mean to "scaffold" instruction?
- How can teachers effectively use scaffolding strategies to create multilevel instruction?
- In what areas can you provide multilevel instruction in your classroom?
- What choices can you allow your students to make during reading and writing?
How can teachers put it all together?
In the final video segment, Professor Strickland suggests that teachers provide a wide range of ways students can pursue learning in their classrooms.
- Based on Professor Strickland's explanations and examples, evaluate your own practices. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the differentiated instruction you currently provide?
- What changes might you make? How might you incorporate Professor Strickland's examples into your own practices?
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