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Learn how learning styles can alter classroom culture!!

How Could This Be?

Classroom culture is what we as teachers make it. Our goals should be get to know our students and what benefits them the most. By taking each student's learning styles and incorporating them into how we teach our lessons, all students can feel included in the discussion! Examine the interests, cultures, strengths and weaknesses of our students and pull them into the information in creative, collaborative ways.

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?


  • Getting and keeping students engaged to reach the common core standards in creative ways through differentiation. Let what sets them apart bring them together. Never look at a disability as a drawback. Let the students learning styles set the tone of the classroom culture through the ingenious lesson planning on your part.


  • Whatever scene you choose to set will take part wherever you want it to! But typically your classroom.

  • Because every one of our students deserves our undivided attention.

  • By creating options rather than standardized ways of communicating what they know, students can pick and choose what they are most comfortable doing to show their knowledge. By picking what they want to do they are more likely to feel comfortable in the atmosphere they are learning in. This way students are surrounded with new ways of thinking about a learning goal as well instead of one view of the attaining the goal the class can become cultured with 24 other ways of looking at the material.

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What can attribute to classroom culture?

Several things actually. A lot of what attributes to the culture is what the students bring to the classroom. Several things such as learning disabilities, behavioral and emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, special needs students, and talented and gifted students can add culture to the classroom. Each student will bring a unique amount of knowledge and experiences that will add to the environment of the classroom.

How can I make my classroom inviting?

Don't single students out because of what makes them different. Encourage them that their uniqueness adds to the classroom and make a list of guidelines for all students to follow. This list may include things like value yourself and others, be respectful, be prepared, be open-minded and supportive, and have fun! After this list is made, hold students to it! Make sure everyone feels supported and included with their ideas.

What is differentiation? How do I use it in the classroom?

Differentiation is "a process to approach teaching and learning for students of differing abilities in the same class. The intent of differentiating instruction is to maximize each student's growth and individual success by meeting each student where he or she is and assisting the learning process."(Smith, p. 111). There are many ways to use differentiation in the classroom. Some can be found on this site http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com. The point of differentiation is to include all students in the lesson plan knowing that the activity may need to be altered for some students to keep interest. There are four hows and four whys of differentiation that teachers should try to incorporate. The whys are readiness, interest, affect, and learning profile. The hows include content, process, product, and learning environment.

What is an example of differentiation?

We will use a student with diagnosed ADHD for example. I am giving directions for a take home assignment. A few things I might do to benefit and differentiate for my ADHD student is have the class repeat my instructions and make sure that student is actively repeating them as well. I also may have the class write down these instructions, but check over this student's written directions to make sure they are accurate. Another example might be that I have a gifted and talented student in reading. While I might have the rest of the class verbalize their comprehension skills I might have him write down answers such as what he thinks will happen next and further comprehension questions to push his understanding.

Where'd I get my info??

Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, 2012. Print.

AdhdAndYou. Web. 1 May 2015. <http://www.adhdandyou.com/adhd-patient>.


Notes from practicum!