Learning profiles in a Differentiated Classroom


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Learning profiles of three students from a middle school classroom and suggestions for a differentiated classroom.

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Learning profiles in a Differentiated Classroom

  2. 2. Inventory I used for assessing Learner Profiles 20 Questions About Me2 Student Name ___________________________________Date____________ 1. What is my favourite activity to do at school?__ ________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 2. What is my favourite subject? _______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 3. What is my favourite activity outside of school? _________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 4. What sport do I like to watch? _______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 5. What sport do I like to play? ________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 6. What would I like to learn more about? _______________________________________________ -_________________________________________________________________________________ 7. What kind of books do I like to read? _________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 8. What is the best book I ever read? ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 9. How much time do I spend reading for fun every week? __________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 10. What is my favourite television show? _______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 11. What kind of music do I like? _________________________________________________-_____ __________________________________________________________________________________ 12. What is my favourite activity to do on the computer? ___________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 13. What kind of technology do I like to use? _____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Reference: http://education.alberta.ca/media/1233960/6_ch3%20learner.pdf
  3. 3. STRENGTHS RECOGNITION (LEARNING ‘WHAT’) WEAKNESSES INTERESTS/ PREFERENCES Student 1: ABCOpen ended Excellent observation and interpretation of new information, lingu ist, avid reader tasks, hands on activity, individual work. STRATEGY (LEARNING ‘HOW’) Outstanding Poor concentration, ex handwriting, cellent problem solving skills, AFFECT (LEARNING ‘WHY’) Persistent, seeks challenge, an independent worker, has a deep interest in subjects Shy, takes a while to make friends and open up with teachers. Individual work, hands on activity, works well on the computer.
  4. 4. PRE ASSESSMENT USING KWL CHART: • The KWL chart can be used to assess the extent of knowledge of all three of the selected students, and the class in general. • The KWL chart can be used for assessment before, during and after instruction.
  5. 5. LEARNING THEME SKIP INSTRUCTION: • Skip instruction being covered in class and move on to application questions that can develop his higher order thinking skills. • Give him special worksheets to solve while the rest of the class struggles the concepts.
  6. 6. USE AN LMS LIKE MOODLE OR EDMODO • Post links for pre reading and higher level reading , assignments for extra credits on the LMS. • He can work independently, reach a higher level of understanding and develop critical thinking skills ahead of the class. • Push him a little beyond what he would attain comfortably in class.
  7. 7. EXTRA CREDIT WORK • Design an experiment or an activity on the topic that is currently being taught in class. • Design a game, create an animation or a video, work with graphic organizers. • Encourage him to join an open online course. • Encourage him to work in groups and improve his handwriting.
  8. 8. STUDENT 2: PQR STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES RECOGNITION (LEARNING ‘WHAT’) He is a good observer, Limited English vocabulary, difficulty with reading and writing STRATEGY (LEARNING ‘HOW’) Has strong problem solving and analyzing skills, excellent at sports, Level of concentration is very low, restless, fidgety AFFECT (LEARNING ‘WHY’) Very confident, has high energy, is an optimist Low expectation of success, cannot do independent work, has the tendency to clown around in class INTERESTS/ PREFERENCES Video games, hands on activities, drama ( loves to mimic teachers)
  9. 9. CLASS ROOM BASED LEARNING • Involve him in activities that allow him to move around. THEMES • Handle equipment in class activities. • Design an experiment or activity. • Invent a game that uses a concept of Physics. • Write and direct a skit/play and act it out. • Allow him to work in groups and lead the group if possible.
  10. 10. TECHNOLOGICAL INTERVNTIONS • Special reading assignments on an LMS. • Specially designed quiz and assignments on edmodo. • Create an animation highlighting a concept of Physics. • Create a presentation for the class. • Use simulations and gaming. • Use Graphic organizers. • Build a glossary of terms on edmodo.
  11. 11. Student 3: XYZ STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES RECOGNITION (LEARNING ‘WHAT’) Is a good observer Limited English language proficiency, has limited knowledge content STRATEGY (LEARNING ‘HOW’) Highly flexible and adaptable, Poor self monitoring, trouble completing tasks, poor organization AFFECT (LEARNING ‘WHY’) Caring and considerate Difficulty working in groups, fearful, gives up easily, has difficulty with independent work. INTERESTS / PREFERENCES Structured tasks, hands on activities.
  12. 12. LEARNING THEMES • Pre reading assignment on edmodo includes a video, ppt and a quiz. • Additional links for basic understanding followed by a small assignment. • Class room instructions include audios, videos and simulations. • Personal supervision of class assignments. • Specially designed assignments to improve understanding.
  13. 13. • Involve him actively in classroom and lab activities. • Use graphic organizers. • Homework includes online assignments, quiz, making a prezi, ppt etc. • Encourage him to present these in class. • Introduce him to an interactive online English learning website like http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org, http://www.englis hdaily.com/, http://go.english4today.com/English_Learni ng_Websites/
  14. 14. • Talk to him and help him organize his work. • Help him use organizers and planners. • Give extra credit for neat work, work submitted on time. • Praise him for his work in class. • Keep a model notebook in the class. • Introduce him to google calendar.
  16. 16. PRE ASSESSMENT • Post pre reading on edmodo.com • The reading assignment includes a video and a ppt followed by a quiz and an assignment. • Give additional links for higher level reading. • Use this information for assessing the level of interest and understanding of the students.
  17. 17. CLASS ROOM INSTRUCTIONS • Divide the class according to the level of preparedness of the students. • Gifted students solve a specially designed worksheet and design a lab activity on the current topic. • Instructions for the class include audio, videos, graphic organizers, interactive discussions. • Students discuss and improve the activity/experiment in class and perform it in the lab.
  18. 18. Contd….. • Formative assessment: Organize the class into four groups and have a quiz that includes audio and video. A digital game can also be used. • Home work assignment: In addition to written work, students work on online quizzes and assignments, build a glossary, keep a journal. • Project work: Divide the class into groups according to their interests. Students make graphic organizers, prezis, animations, composing a song. • Student work is displayed in class.
  19. 19. Contd…… • Senior students can part in a webinar or watch a recording of one. • Motivated students can also enroll in an open online course.