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Teaching Strategies for Every Learner

This blog is dedicated to a graduate course at Nazareth College. It will focus on teaching strategies for diverse learners. This week’s response is will refer to the following readings:

http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107003/chapters/Diverse-Teaching-Strategies-for-Diverse-Learners.aspx

Using Flexible Technology

It is important to have many different strategies to help students of any aptitude learn and grow. The first article or excerpt focuses on strategies for ESOL (English as a Second Language) students. After discussing the achievement gap and other economic reasons why students fall behind, the author focuses on these strategies for teachers to help all students succeed in the classroom.

The great thing about these strategies is that they will work for all diverse learners, not just ESOL students. There are 25 different strategies that Marietta Saravia-Shore outlines and gives classroom examples on how to implement them into the classroom. What struck me about this article is that these strategies should already be a part of a teacher’s classroom, not just implemented for ESOL learners. These strategies will help engage all learners regardless of their economic, ethnic, or language difficulties.

The second article focuses more on what technology a teacher can use to help diverse learners in the classroom. It has great information about talking text software, useful electronic resources, graphic organizers, and word processors. There is also information about professional development for teachers that want to use more technology or need more training to implement these technology ideas.

Each of the articles gives teachers a starting point as to creating different strategies and finding tools to help the students in their classroom succeed. These articles would be best read by teachers already in the classroom that may have missed some of this information in their college training. Most teachers coming out of college today in 2013, may already know or have some of these tools ready to use in their classrooms. The digital age is now 17 years in the making since the inception of the Internet. Many of the ideas and resources talked about in these readings may already be old news to today’s newest teacher graduates.

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