When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices. This is one of many lessons we will be sharing on teaching Judaic content, lesson planning, models of teaching, differentiated and individualized instruction and learning activities designed to transform the classroom into a Jewish community of cooperative learners. The title of this lesson is “Differentiated and Individualized Instruction”. Since there are 13 elements in each lesson plan we will divide this lesson plan into five parts. Here are the first, second, third and fourth parts of this lesson. The fifth part of the lesson follows.
3. The teacher distributes and explains these specific instructions to the class. Those instructions are located at the top of this post.
Guided Practice: (Students apply new skill/s or strengthen previously learned skills during classroom instruction.)
While students are working on their team projects, the teacher is monitoring the activity, answering questions, and distributing materials if requested by the team (i.e. chart paper, magic markers, index cards, etc.).
Independent Activities: (Students practice new skill/s or strengthen previously learned skills outside of the class.)
Note: As the preparation for this activity may extend beyond the class period, students are invited to work on the Team Project after class as well.
Developmental Activity Continued:
After the teams have given their presentations the teacher explains the IEP (Individualized Educational Program/Plan) and the ILP (Individualized Learning Plan) for this lesson. Refer to page 119 in the Toolbox.
Closure: (Activity that summarizes and ends the lesson)
1. The members of each team (a) explain the procedures or processes they used to complete their team project and (b) what they learned about the content and process of working together on their project.
2. The teacher and the class give each team constructive positive feedback on their team project (i.e. One thing I liked about your presentation was ...).
In the next section of our blog we will be introducing a new focus, the application of web 2.0 tools for Jewish education, teacher training and mentoring.