Do you ever consider the pros and cons of differentiated instruction? If you teach middle or high school career and technical education (CTE) courses, chances are you are incorporating some kind of differentiated instruction in your classroom. The reality is that, unlike core courses, CTE and electives have a greater variety of individual learners at different levels. We know that's true because in our daily mission to create curriculum to help CTE teachers, we get valuable feedback. It's always been clear that we need to address the need these teachers have for curriculum resources that are easily to implement as varied instruction. But while differentiated instruction is the perfect solution for some, it may not be for others. There are definitely some pros and cons of differentiated instruction. Let's take a look at them!
Working with CTE teachers, many of whom have come from careers in the business industry or have a nursing background, we get many questions about technology in the classroom. Some of the more popular questions sounds a bit like “Why should I try blended learning in my classroom?” and “How can blended learning and technology help me teach better?” Here we'll talk about these five benefits of blended learning for CTE:
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Is there an easy way to implement technology in the classroom? Why is implementing technology in the classroom such a challenge for teachers? Many teachers struggle for several reasons. They are intimidated by the idea of using technology in the classroom. They don’t have the time to go about implementing it. Or their class periods are already so jam-packed with other things, that there doesn’t seem to be an easy way, or a perceived need, to include it.
Some of you out there in the blogosphere may be wondering, “How does AES develop this amazing web-based curriculum for career and technology education?” No, I didn’t read your minds. We’ve got some really great folks here at AES that know how to find out the questions you are asking. Today, I’ll share with you how Instructional Designers (ID) like me create the courses that your students complete.
Odds are good that you moved to a blended learning classroom setup because you were limited on time and resources or needed to reach students in diverse locations. And odds are also good that you really need to focus your face-to-face time on critical skills practice and making sure students are really getting the big ideas.