All students should have the chance to learn, no matter their abilities, gender, race, or any other qualifying factor we categorize by. High expectations of students help to promote that all students are capable of achieving and of reaching their goals. The classroom should be filled with enthusiasm for learning and for the students themselves. If needed, students should be offered, and feel comfortable asking for, support beyond the lessons in order for them to reach their full potential.
Learning should be engaging with authentic assignments and assessments. Students should be encouraged to delve deep into their interests and to become masters of topics. Technology is key in providing this opportunity for students to delve deeper and for active engagement through the use of hands on experiences in mathematics, reading and language arts, social studies, and science. Technology is important to achieve this because students are able to have experiences and gain understandings, such as through simulations, creation of their own products and see worlds that without the technology are possible, but with technology are easier and more engaging. The incorporation of a variety of content and incorporating chances to develop multiple intelligences helps to meet the needs and interests of a variety of learners. This can be done, for example, by including music, art, physical movement and being outdoors into the daily lessons and routines, as well as technology. Technology can also be used to meet all students’ needs by using a variety of apps and digital tools to connect to students kinesthetic, visual and audio needs.
Differentiating the content, process, and product ensures students are learning at the appropriate level, they have all the skills, or the potential to develop the skills, to complete the assignments, and that they are being measured for the learning appropriately. Assessments, informal and formal, help to see the strengths and weaknesses students possess and therefore help shape the instruction students receive. Digital benchmark assessments provide you with electronic data which is sortable and easy to analyze making differentiating for students needs easier. Additionally quick formative assessments can be done with the use of iPads and a short yes-no or other format survey that students complete either at the beginning or end of class.
Involvement of parents in the classroom helps to make it feel welcoming to the parents and the students. Encouraging parent involvement through volunteering opportunities and an open door policy, along with regular communication home through email and notes helps to make parents feel welcome. Engaged parents help to support engaged students. Connecting with parents through apps and sites such as Remind101 helps to keep communication lines open. In addition using Twitter is a convenient and accessible way to keep parents updated on what is happening in the classroom