This afternoon, I gave a workshop entitled “Differentiated Instruction: Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences” for KETNET (Kosovar English Teachers Network). The conference was facilitated by John Harrington and approximately 40 teachers attended my workshop (and survived without air conditioning!).
The premise of differentiated instruction is that we all learn in different ways; therefore, as teachers, we must employ a variety of teaching strategies and methods if we hope to reach all of our students. This also may be thought of as hands-on or experiential learning. Such thinking and practice derives largely from Benjamin Bloom (Bloom’s Taxonomy) and Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences). Elementary and secondary teachers are likely quite familiar with these fellows, but college profs may not be. Regardless, we probably all have realized that “one size does NOT fit all” when it comes to teaching.
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