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Differentiated Learning:

Differentiated Learning:

Because of low teacher to student ratio, Saint Michael School is condusive to creating learning goals for our students as an important aspect of achieving a differentiated learning environment. During instruction learning, goals are established based on data that is collected and observations that are made on every student. This information that is gained helps teachers to drive instructional decisions. Teachers use a variety of flexible grouping patterns in the classroom with tiered activities and assignments that focus on standards and concepts of every lesson.  All of our students have the opportunity to become immersed within higher-level thinking and inquiry which makes lessons both equally challenging and engaging.   Differentiated instruction is the key focus within academic areas. 

 

Several of our teachers as well as Miss Mary Jo Lipani, the school principal, attended a conference in Chicago this past July to learn about differentiated learning. Over many decades of teaching children at St. Michael School, we have learned many things, but one thing stands out: each child learns at a different pace. It is now imperative that we teach in just that way. 
 
This way of teaching combines face-to-face instruction, software based activities and online lessons through a defined set of benchmarks at his or her own pace. A student’s schedule could include traditional lessons from a certified teacher, small-group work, virtual learning, or specific computer-based activities within the classroom itself. We will begin the process by accessing each child as to what style of teaching and learning they will benefit from most.
 
In an article from Education Week’s Digital Directions, it was noted that the educational technology market is slowly responding with the kinds of products that can help teachers track and target their students’ learning needs. “It’s this model of deeply analyzing the data in a way that no human teacher would have time to do, and mapping lessons to kids’ abilities that’s fundamental to what education is going to look like in the future,” predicts Wireless Generation’s CEO, Larry Berger. When students review their personal interests - such as one student’s passion for painting and another’s talent for music – schools can craft assignments that allow them to explore the content through those areas.
 
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