October 9, 2011

Module 3- Learning Log 5- Final Log

Posted in Learning Logs- Module 3 at 8:39 pm by lmt84

From the readings as well as classroom experience, I see that differentiation has great value in the world of education. Our students are all different, therefore they learn differently. We as educators cannot assume that one lesson will suit the needs of every student, which is where differentiation comes into play. Differentiation is described by Gail Bush as “A learner-centered instructional design model that acknowledges that students have individual learning styles, motivation, abilities, and, therefore, readiness to learn” (253).  It would be fantastic if teachers could implement differentiation into every unit they create—this will help to make certain that we doing our best to reach all types of learners.

I like how differentiation provides the opportunity for collaboration between the librarian and classroom teacher. I feel that only through collaboration can differentiation truly be maximized and successful. Gail Bush states that in order for differentiation to occur, “the library media specialist is prepared to consult with teachers to match students with the appropriate resources” (254). It is up to the librarians to have many ideas and resources to share with the classroom teacher for all aspects of differentiation.  

I think that a key to being able to implement differentiation is the collection itself. The librarian must work her hardest to ensure that she has resources for varying ability levels (this includes resources for low level, on level, and high level readers, students who receive special education services, as well as those who receive ESOL services). I feel that it is also important to have resources that vary by genre and format. If the collection is not well rounded, then unfortunately it cannot serve the diverse learning styles in the school. Having a varied collection also serves to help students meet AASL Standard 4.1.4- seek information for personal learning in a variety of formats and genres. The librarian should therefore be very careful when developing her collection, as the library should truly be a space for all learners.

When the librarians carefully select varying resources and technologies for the school as well as work with teachers, I feel that differentiation has a greater chance of occurring. Bush states that “Differentiated instruction is simply an honest and mindful approach to teaching our diverse student populations. It acknowledges individual differences and seeks to make learning meaningful for all students” (255).  In order to make differentiation a reality for all content areas in the school, it is crucial that the librarian be a central figure in the planning, creation, delivery, and assessment of instruction.


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