Mentee Minute

March 10th, 2014

What is Differentiation?

What is Differentiation/ Differentiated Instruction?

Simply stated, differentiated instruction allows each student to learn at the depth, complexity, and pace that is most beneficial to him/her. Differentiating curriculum and instruction is a rich and effective approach to use when providing for the needs of all students, including those with special education needs such as students with learning disabilities, gifted and talented students, and English language learners.

The philosophy of differentiation includes structuring classrooms so that there are provisions for:

  • Different ways to take in, work with, and learn information and different ways for students to show what they know;

  • Different amounts of time to complete the work;

  • Different approaches due to language acquisition and cultural differences;

  • Different levels of thinking, readiness, skills, and/or ability;

  • Different assignments for students in the same classroom; and

  • Different means to assess what has been learned.

Article Link for Info Above

Upcoming Events

  • March 1 - Summer Registration

  • March 1 - 31 ToTY Nominations

  • March 10 -11 WL National Exams

  • March 18 - Faculty Mtg. 6PM and 7:30PM

  • March 25 - Cultural Cafe 7PM, Social Media Revolution, Leslie Houck and Johnice McRae

  • March 27- ePortfolio PD 7:30 PM Edmodo: y3juf8

  • March 31 - Master Teacher Application deadline

Have You Looked at Your Evaluation?

Understanding Your QAS Observation

This instrument is intended to identify the best practices of online instruction and to provide meaningful feedback to Georgia Virtual Learning teachers. The primary purpose of this tool is to continuously improve instruction and ultimately student achievement.

How to Access your Observation and Make Comments in Eduphoria (click below for video tutorial)

Observation Rubric Scale

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams

A Word About Ratings

The first time I saw "Mastery" on my observation, I felt disappointed. You know the feeling... It is the same as the feeling I got in school when I received a "B" on a test on which I was sure I earned an "A". However, I was quickly reminded that "Mastery" is the standard, and that I should be very proud of this achievement. All GaVS teachers should be at this level. Like those A's, "Exceptional" is not given freely. In order to earn this rating, an instructor must Master the demands of being an online teacher, and then go above and beyond that. I just wanted to remind you to keep doing your best and be proud of yourself when you "Master" an area of evaluation!

"Light is the task where many share the toil." Homer

Evaluation Reflection Form - Let's share! Call on your mentor.

The goal of the monthly evaluation is to show growth and progress. Take a few minutes to review your evaluation and then complete the form below. This should be completed by Friday, March 21st. Your feedback will be shared with your mentor. This will help focus goal-setting for upcoming observations.


Joyce Bearden ~ GaVS 2013/2014 Teacher of the Year; GaVS 2013/2014 Mentor of the Year; GaVS Latin Instructor since 2009

Kelly Gardner ~ GaVS 2012/2013 & 2013/2014 Teacher of the Year Finalist; GaVS English Department Mentor; GaVS English Instructor since 2007