Imagine a classroom full of painters, players, scientists, musicians, mathematicians & entrepreneurs. Though our students appear alike when sitting together in a class, they possess talents & intellects as diverse as all these professionals. Hence, assuming that there can be a versatile teaching method, and expecting them to learn in similar ways, is a fallacy.
The Need for Differentiated Teaching:
New age education is characterized by numerous intelligence classrooms, ongoing & formative assessments, and inquiry-led learning where the focus is on the learner & contextual teaching-learning that touches upon real-life situations. There is hence, a crucial requirement for Differentiation in learning, even in remote classes and blended learning modes. Differentiation has the following aims:
- Adapt the teaching techniques for various learning styles
- Address children with other interest areas
- Bridge gap in children with irregular readiness levels and prior education experience
- Provide appropriate motivators by judging the hot switches
- Instil trust with positive reinforcement
It is important to understand that differentiated learning is not about creating boundaries but about improving inclusiveness. Through these alternate ways of teaching-learning, students who have varied learning power & attention spans can arrive at a level playing field.
With the pandemic tossing a new set of challenges in the way of students, their stress levels are higher, and their attention span is lower. These elements have moulded our teaching-learning over the past year, enhancing our focus on the demands of students. The future of education demands that we enable all learners through personalized lessons & processes, and we at Gurugram Global Heights School are ready to embrace the change.