Sunday, May 23, 2010

Back to blogging..............................

I must admit that the craziness of the busy school year and the dissertation writing took me away from keeping up with this blog. Now that the dissertation is done it is time to get back into this great habit. Throughout this year, we have learned about differentiated instruction; more of building the differentiation toolbox. The staff has learned a variety of reading strategies for multiple content areas as well as learned some very cool engagement strategies from our Math specialist. But what makes this unique? Nothing.
Mixed ability classrooms are a huge component of Middle School programs and teachers face this every day. Just like the sizes of middle school students vary, so do their learning styles and speeds. One could argue that those who teach young adolescents have one of the hardest jobs in education. I would agree. Being a Middle School educator means that you understand and accept the social, emotional, and academic roller coaster and are able to keep the car on the tracks. It is not an easy job, but it is a rewarding job. Young adolescents are some of the most impressionable people and as adults we can have a profound impact on their lives both in and out of the classroom.