This quote describes our role as a teacher:
“If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 25 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn’t want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher’s job.”– Colman McCarthy in The Washington Post
Students come to our classes with varied strengths,weaknesses, abilities, experiences, and the list goes on and on. Because of the diverse needs of the students, instruction must be delivered in ways that addresses the variety of knowledge and experiences that students bring to class. The teacher must organize the content of the lesson to address these diverse needs and most importantly deliver it in a way to meet the needs of all the students. ‘One size fits all’ lessons only address ‘some’ of the students. To align the learning goals with students, the lessons need to be differentiated or presented in various ways.