One of the challenges that educators face at present is on how to address the students’ diversity in the classroom. Dr. Silver emphasized on the students’ diversity that encompass readiness, gender, culture, home environment, learning styles, intelligence preferences and interest (Laureate,2007). These factors are very important for the student to feel accepted and safe in a learning environment. Ensuring a positive and conducive classroom is a teacher’s responsibility to motivate the students to rise above high expectations on them.
“Each learner is unique and yet each is expected to achieve the same high learning goal” this is a statement of Dr. Silver (Laureate, 2007) that serves as a challenge to the teachers on how to help each individual learner to become successful and keep the student’s confidence to move on and continue conquering the skills that they need to master to become the best learner that they can be. In order to lead the learners in reaching their optimum learning capacity, the educator needs to master first how to incorporate curriculum, instruction and assessment in delivering a lesson to the class. According to Dr. Pickering, curriculum, instruction and assessment is a design process that is intertwined. The linear relationship of these three factors is a thing of the past and never has been effective in meeting the individual needs of the students.
The interplay of curriculum, instruction, and assessment is really the life-line of teaching. The foundation of a good and effective lesson plan lies on how the teacher manages design process of curriculum, instruction and assessment. As an educator, it is imperative to use the curriculum standards in creating and planning a lesson using research-based instructions that will work best to suit the students’ diversity to meet the goals and objectives of each lesson. A rubric that can serve as both instruction and assessment should be handed out to the students to serve as guidelines on how the students can best perform in accordance to their abilities. This way, the teacher is giving each individual student a fair chance in accomplishing the given high expectations using their own capabilities. A teacher’s reflection at the end of the day is very important in assessing the effectiveness of the instruction. Through sensitive monitoring of the class’ performance, the teacher can readily adjust the instructional strategies that will best fit the learners’ need. Ensuring the student’s success is the very goal of every teacher with a vision that children are the future of the country.
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Catherine Balmeo has earned her Master's Degree in Special Education. As an educator, she wanted to share some of the best strategies she has implemented and still is using to reach out to the students' with diverse needs.
Catheirne wants to thank her ever loving and supportive husband Fred and son Bruce. They are her pillars that keep her secure and well grounded.
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