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Differentiated Instruction for the Einsteins in Your Classroom

Posted by Cindy Bryant

Mar 14, 2014 6:00:00 AM

 
We’ve all had them!  Those students who just aren’t in to what’s going on in class and appear to be miles away or worse yet choose to cause disruptions. These are the students you’re often perplexed by, who leave you wondering what you should do with them.

Throughout history there have been students who have evidenced themselves as non-participating or as disruptive only to turn out to be some of the greatest minds in the world.  Take for example Einstein, who’s been called the greatest mind of the 20th century!

Although he was a quiet child during his very early years, during his third year at school he was moved from one class to another following temper tantrums.  His behavior was an outward sign of his frustration and boredom. In retrospect, he said he saw his teachers as drill sergeants. 

Einstein’s parents recognized that he needed to be challenged and fostered his desire to learn by buying his textbooks in advance so that he could master them over summer vacation. Not only did he learn the proofs in the books, he also tackled the new theories by trying to prove them on his own and even came up with his own proof of the Pythagorean theory.

Einstein was clearly intellectually curious and highly motivated to learn more advanced curriculum than was required at his grade level or for his age. Del Siegle, Ph.D., who is a past president of the National Association of Gifted Children says that acceleration is one of the main strategies for motivating above-average students like Einstein.  Siegle says, “If you know they understand the curriculum, accelerate them a little. Go more in depth. Or go to more advanced content.” This serves in differentiating instruction or the process of finding the best ways to teach concepts to kids with different learning styles and paces.

But accelerating curriculum for advanced students can take valuable time and planning, neither of which you as a teacher has an abundance of in your daily routine.  The flexibility that LearnBop provides in offering differentiated instruction through the assignment of concepts based upon individual student needs makes it a win-win situation for both the teacher in terms of management and for the student in terms of learning.  The step-by-step guide, complete with instructional videos, supports curriculum acceleration and allows a student to learn concepts beyond their grade or level.  And the data reports assist you in keeping detailed records regarding student performance, learning, and progress in a timely and manageable manner.

 

Bagley et al (1979) describes advanced students as needing both resources and catalysts for learning. LearnBop can serve both roles in providing quality content that serves as a stimulus and channel for advanced students to learn mathematics.  So sign up now for a free 30 day trial of LearnBop for your class (es) click here – or sign up your school and get 60 days of free access. 

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Topics: Teachers Using LearnBop, Differentiating Instruction, Implementing the Common Core, Resources, Teaching & Learning, Algebra & Algebra Readiness

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