My name is Christopher Roberts I am a Social Studies Teacher for the Jamestown Public School District I teach Global I and II I have taught Government and U.S. History I am married with two children I have a Bachelor Degree in Adolescent Education: Social Studies I am in the process of completing my Masters Degree in the CDIT program at SUNY Albany
My Topic and Purpose
My school district in Jamestown, NY is very diverse. There are students from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The demographics of my school are representative of many schools across our nation. When I was in high school many school districts would take certain students and put them in programs based on standardized tests and other presumed educational deficiencies. In many cases this would result in students who were placed in a setting where they would not receive the supports or same quality of education as their counterparts. Having an all encompassing one-size-fits all model of education has affected our students detrimentally. Differentiated instruction represents one of the more constructive ways to help students achieve success while addressing the needs of each individual learner. I will address this topic by looking at what differentiation is and how it can be used to promote success in the social studies classroom. After completing this course, students will be able to define differentiated instruction. They will be able to identify strategies to differentiate instruction based on content, process, or product. They will be able to identify the difference between low and high prep strategies. I will provide each student with an example of a RAFT and Learning Menu strategy template that can be used in the social studies classroom.
Analysis of the Learner and Context