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Celebrating American Education Week – The Big Universe Way

classroom-1757255_1920.jpgHaven’t heard about American Education Week?  Well, it’s a week of events occurring the week prior to Thanksgiving that highlight why education in our country is needed. Each day highlights a different aspect of education, whether it’s the parental involvement, instructional practices of teachers, or the aid that education support professionals provide the students served.  Big Universe values education and seeks to support it in as many ways as possible, and so here are some ways your classroom or school can commemorate this week and make people aware of why education is important. Some of these ideas can be swapped between or conducted over multiple days.

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Digital Literacy

Laptop Work-10.jpgThe digital divide appears to be widening. The growing disparity between low income families or schools and those who have constant access to information is saddening. Many schools do not have adequate access or the infrastructure to support it. Digital literate students are able to find and use information. As users of information, students NEED to have support and access to tools on and off campus. How do teachers face this challenge and dutifully teach digital literacy? As we begin to look at digital literacy and your role, as educators, you will discover new ways to meet these unexpected challenges.

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Differentiation: Content

aHKb3UyL.jpg.partDifferentiation is a one word description for a method to reach every student and provide them with access to the curriculum that fits their learning style and their interests. There are four areas that differentiation can occur: product, process, content, and environment. Differentiating content does not mean veering from the state standards or laws required to teach by law. You stick to what you are required to teach, but your presentation of the material may vary. It is the “how” of your teaching. No two teachers will teach exactly the same and ideas on how to differentiate content can very well come from within your own building. Content differentiation can be any of the following:

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Differentiation: Product

Children-using-digital-tablet.jpgDifferentiation is a one word description for a method to reach every student and provide them with access to the curriculum that fits their learning style and their interests. There are four areas that differentiation can occur: product, process, content, and environment. We will be focusing on product differentiation. Differentiation can be a difficult idea to grasp since so many have differing ideas on what it should look like.

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Differentiation: Process

iStock_000016012136Small1.jpgDifferentiation is a one word description for a method to reach every student and provide them with access to the curriculum that fits their learning style and their interests. There are four areas that differentiation can occur: product, process, content, and environment. Process differentiation is activities that students engage in for remediation, extension, or maintenance. These are the three areas that every one of your students will be working in at various times. Process differentiation can be activities scheduled a few times a week or something that you incorporate each day into your classroom.

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