Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Classroom differentiation weakens your child

Differentiation is destructive to your child’s development. 

“The only constant is change.”

Differentiation as taught in todays classrooms will stunt your childs ability to adapt and change to fit their future environments. It is best that every teacher instructs in their own unique style and that the child adapts to that dynamic classroom and teaching style. If the students do not learn to evolve to meet their learning environment in the class how can they be expected to grow to meet future challenges? Will they just suddenly learn to adapt after years of being coddled in the classroom?

Key elements of differentiation:

PACE: Did those deer slow down so we could catch and eat them?
"...In the traditional classroom, activities are completed within a single time frame, irrespective of the level of difficulty for some students. The result is that more advanced learners can be held back to the speed of the less able ones, and at the other end of the scale, some may simply find it impossible to keep up..."

Did those fish just jump in to our mouths so we could survive?

·      Does your work place adapt to you? No-you either get the job done or you don't e.g competence based learning.
·      What job changes to suit its employee?
·      Does your environment adapt to you or vice versa?
·      How does differentiation help teach a student to adapt and change?
·      Will your future job change it’s entire style so you can fit in better?

--- Differentiation in the classroom coddles your child and does not prepare them for the future work place.


In the differentiated classroom, rather than assessment taking place at the end of learning, students are assessed on an on-going basis so that teaching, and indeed the other methods of differentiation, can be continuously adjusted according to the learners’ needs. 
Differentiation in the classroom is all about understanding that we are dealing with a group of diverse individuals and adapting our teaching to ensure that all of them have access to learn..."

---Every child should learn to adapt to its teachers and class room in order to train for a future which is constantly re-defining itself and changing.

Children should be taught differentiation tools, which teach them how to shift their focus or perspective when “they just don’t get it”. For example, if I am a visual learner, I should be taught to shift my focus to a audio perspective as to learn to adapt to that present classroom challenge. As defined now in 2014 we may now have say, 3 different learning styles: audio, visual, and kinesthetic learners but we all are a mix of all these plus there are a billion different styles to be defined at a later date. 

Whatever known learning styles exist, children should be taught these, so as to learn to adapt to an ever-changing and competitive word, which will not coddle them.




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