Teaching career and technical education (CTE) courses means you are challenged with reaching diverse students every day.
Most often, blended learning incorporates tried-and-true teaching methods (like lecture) with the latest in classroom technology (like digital curriculum).
CTE teachers are faced with increasingly diverse students in the classroom, and finding ways to differentiate your lessons can be tough. Some students will come to your class with more knowledge and experience than others. Not to mention that students all learn at different paces and in different ways. It may seem like a never-ending task, but there is a solution! Using technology to differentiate instruction can help you save time while better meeting the needs of all of your students.
Note from Bri: This is a guest post from Frank DiMaria, a middle school computer teacher in Fort Mill, SC. Frank has written a number of articles about educational technology and tips for other teachers.
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!
Do you struggle to provide differentiated activities for your diverse CTE students? This can be extremely challenging and frustrating for a RN who is in their first year of CTE teaching. Have you ever thought: How do I handle the wide range of abilities without spending my family time and weekend developing activities?