Elements of Knowledge – How to Facilitate Learning in a Diverse Classroom
How do Teachers Reach All Students?
This has been a question that educators regularly ask themselves when planning a lesson or unit. When planning, we need to focus equally on what students learn, and how they learn. Students have different learning styles to acquire knowledge, and the challenge as an educator is developing creative and engaging ways to incorporate all students in the learning process.
Phonics in Motion and Knowledge Construction
Students construct knowledge by connecting what they know (prior knowledge) to what they are currently exploring. When learners are presented with a new concept, they draw upon their prior knowledge to construct new meaning.
Children populating current classrooms represent a wide range of learning preferences; these students require the opportunity to explore new material through their dominant learning style in order to be successful. Giving your students the platform to practice new skills by using multiple learning styles creates the classroom that many teachers envision for their students.
It is also important to examine the prior knowledge that students possess when teaching a new concept. The divergent classroom today is made up of children from contrasting cultures, backgrounds, and environments. Their backgrounds have an impact on their prior knowledge, this necessitates an integrated approach when teaching the students of today.
Incorporating Phonics in Motion in Your Classroom
It is difficult to implement a range of strategies that address the varied learning styles in today’s heterogeneous classrooms; this is a struggle many teachers face when constructing in-depth lessons. In addition to learning styles, teachers must also be cognizant of varying background knowledge and skill levels of their students.
Phonics In Motion is intentionally structured to benefit all students. This approach reaches all students in a classroom, regardless of their ability level, through engaging, purposeful, and fun lessons. PIM builds thefoundation for all students to grow and learn, allowing them to celebrate their success and continue to further their knowledge and understanding.