Student Portraits: Honoring Diverse Learners

Try to imagine one test, one curriculum, or one policy that could possibly meet the needs of all students. Difficult, right?

 

 

If you follow education or teach, you are probably aware of all the latest trends and issues. There’s the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, which is hotly debated. There are schools experimenting with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and other technology, hoping to empower students by teaching “21st Century” skills. There’s debate over teacher tenure and charter schools.

But for those of us in the trenches, all of the aforementioned issues are secondary to honoring, understanding, and reaching the diverse learners populating our hallways and classrooms.

Here’s a tribute to some of my current and former students at Fern Creek Traditional High School in Louisville, KY.

Despite having way too many one-sized-fits-all policies in education, we must find ways to understand, engage, and support each student as individuals. Try to Imagine a single program or curriculum that will meet these students’ needs. Difficult, right?

This post originally appeared on Mindful Stew, Paul Barnwell’s other blog.

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