At its core, differentiation stems from the recognition that individual
learners arrive in classrooms each day with ranging knowledge, experiences,
abilities, ways of thinking, curiosities, and dispositions. A one-size-fits-all
approach to teaching and learning undermines the potential of all students to
achieve successfully, yet we struggle with how to meet the needs of individual
students in our classrooms. Similarly, we know that one-shot workshops are not
an effective means of professional development (PD). Yet, we continue to provide
one-shot workshops to teach and rarely, if ever, do we consider how PD may need
to be differentiated for teachers. We may differentiate by focusing on different
content areas, grade levels, or contexts, but rarely do we take time to look at
what individual teachers need. Just like students, we need to consider the
individual needs of all teachers. This session will provide several strategies
for differentiating PD for teachers.
Differentiation is not just for the classroom, it is also a component of designing effective professional learning.
Brooke Whitworth (Clemson University: Clemson, SC)