Welcome to Kindergarten

Stephanie Nelson

EDU 673: Instruct. Strat. for Differentiation Teach & Learn

Dr. Schoenecker

May 29, 2018

Welcome!

Welcome to Kindergarten! My Name is Ms. Nelson and I hope you are all ready for a fun and educational year full of fun and academic growth. I am looking forward to working with each and every single one of you throughout the school year and cannot wait to see all the wonderful things you will create and do this year. 

 

Differentiation in the Classroom

What is Differentiation instruction and why is it important? Differentiation instruction in the classroom is a very important aspect of a child's learning environment. It allows a teacher many different approaches to teaching students at different educational levels and with different needs when teaching to the class (Puckett, 2013). When a teacher has the tools of differentiation instruction to allows them to consider the students' strengths and weaknesses, and to use instruction based on the characteristics that are discovered (Puckett, 2013).

Learning Environment

In the classroom, I will do my best to create a fun, safe, secure, and positive environment. The students will help create the classroom rules so that they are responsible for creating and following them in order to keep the classroom a safe and secure place for all. There will be a color behavior chart to allow the students to understand that they need to make the best choices possible throughout their day. We will have different fun and engaging lessons each day that will allow the children to learn many new skills and apply them through class projects or different learning centers throughout the classroom. 

 

Social and Emotional Needs

There are many different ways to meet the social and emotional needs of students in the classroom. In our classroom, we will use a loving and caring approach to social and emotional needs. I want the kids to know that I am always here for them no matter the reason or situation. That I will never judge them and that the rest of the students will be kind to one another.  It is also very important that positive reinforcement is used on a regular basis, in order to keep a child aware that they are doing great and that no matter what one may struggle with they are doing great and succeeding in areas that they might not think possible. There will continuous reminders that failure is not possible if one is trying their best in a given task.

 

Expectations of classwork and assignments

It is expected that each child put their best effort into each and every class assignment whether it is to be done at home or in the classroom. We will work on perfecting so many important aspects of Kindergarten that are required for  1st grade so it is important that each student does their best work. When classwork is not completed during class time I will not be sending it home to be completed but will allow the student to work on it 1st during morning work time and then they will be allowed to move onto that days work. Each month there will be a packet that is sent home and has 4 assignments per week that are required to be done and turned in by Friday. I will also be sending a book home each week for the student to practice reading and it will be something from their reading level.

 

Opportunities to Succeed 

Each and every child is given the opportunity to succeed in the classroom environment. Academically we will be learning at a pace that works for each and every child. Emotionally each student will know that what they have to say and the opinion that they have mattered and that I am always listening to what they have to say and that I care. It is very important that each child understands that no matter what I am on their team and will always be there to help them succeed no matter the obstacles that may lay ahead.

 

Assessments

In order for the students to succeed to the best of their ability throughout the school year we will do regular assessments to see where each student is in Math and Reading so that we can push them out of their comfort zone just enough to give them the push they need to grow and progress to higher levels of learning then they already are. We will assess reading levels every week to see where each child is and if they might need to be moved to next level. It is important that parents do their best to stay involved in their students reading assignments in order to help them progress to their highest potential. The math assessments will be done twice a month to motivate them to count to 100, to count in multiples. to add and subtract, and to learn geometry that is necessary for the next grade level.

Educational Stakeholders on Differentiation

Reconcilable Differences? Standards-Based Teaching and Differentiation

http://esblogin.k12albemarle.org/attachments/7b8c23a2-1dd0-4aab-943f-d417df093124.pdf

Differentiation Through Instructional Decision Making

https://www.ghaea.org/files/InstructionalDecisionMaking/Other/DTIDM_full_brochure.pdf

Differentiation: Attainable or Somewhere Over the Rainbow?

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2017/04/differentiation_attainable_or_somewhere_over_the_rainbow.html

 

References:

Puckett, K.S (2013). Differentiating Instruction: A practical guide. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.