The video below introduces the novel Freedom Crossing written by Margaret Goff Clark. It goes into detail about how and why it should be used within a middle-years social studies classroom.
- Learning Stations: the classroom will be divided into different sections that the students will rotate through. Each section will involve a different type of task (e.g., watching a video, creating something, reading an article, completing a puzzle, listening to a discussion or lecture, etc.).
- Interview Students: Pull the students out of the classroom one-by-one and asking them questions about how they learn best.
- Target different senses within lessons. When able to, target students visual, tactile, auditory and kinesthetic senses.
- Share your own strengths and weaknesses. This will help familiarize students with the idea of differentiated learning.
- Think-pair-share. This tactic reaches all students as it allows those to think by themselves but also allows other to share.
- Journaling. Journaling allows students to reflect and process the content that is being taught. When given the chance, get students to journal at the end of the lesson.
- Reflection and goal setting exercises. This extends on journaling by giving students the opportunity to write about what is most interesting to them.
- Group students with similar learning styles. This will allow students to complete the task or activity in a way which benefits their learning best.
- Assign open-ended projects. This will show students individual work and learning styles.
- Use technology in the classroom. Technology is a great tool that engages most if not all students.
The strategies above were found on the website: https://www.prodigygame.com/blog/differentiated-instruction-strategies-examples-download/
- Fishbowl Activity: This is an activity used for discussion. The majority of the class sits in a big circle and then the remaining 5 or 6 students sit in a smaller circle inside the big one. The smaller circle has a discussion on a specific topic and the outside listening. After a given amount of time, the smaller circle breaks and members from the outside form a new smaller circle and continue the conversation. This activity allows individuals who want to speak the chance as well as allows students who do not want to speak the chance to listen.
After taking the multiple intelligences assessment from https://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-assessment, I noticed that I am strongest in my interpersonal skills and could work on my logical-mathematical and musical skills. As a teacher, I would get my students to complete this assessment and reflect on their results. This way I would know how my students learn best and my students would understand which areas they need to focus on for improvement.