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Adaptive Teaching: Five Tips to Meet the Needs of Each Student In Your Classroom
posted by: Melissa | March 26, 2014, 10:12 PM   

As educators, we all strive to be adaptive.  We strive to individualize and personalize instruction so that each student not only receives instruction on their level, but also instruction that is culturally relevant to them and meets their interest.  If that sounds complicated, that’s because it is.  It’s much easier to just give every student in the class the same lesson, which is why we educators fall back on it so readily.

However, just because something is difficult to do, that does not mean that we shouldn’t try to do it or that it is impossible to implement.  Adaptive teaching is one of those areas where if it’s implemented well, it can make all the difference in the life of a child.  If you’re just starting out with adaptive teaching, here are five tips that you can use in your classroom: 
  1. Create class projects that use a “menu,” by allowing students to pick activities that cover the same material and have equal difficulty but use different talents or specialty areas to complete.
  2. Provide a variety of ways for students to learn material initially, whether that be through reading or watching a video on Khan Academy or doing independent research.
  3. Allow for flexible grouping.
  4. Recognize that not all students instinctively know their own strengths, weaknesses, and best learning environment.  Help them to discover this about themselves and monitor their own learning.
  5. Start slowly.  Your classroom doesn’t have to change overnight and even a little bit of adaptation will go a long way.

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