In my class I have various levels of students.Each activity which I create is designed to reach all my students in a way that appeals to them.I generally arrange my class into working stations,whereby each student can explore the subject that is being taught in a variety of ways.I modify each activity to various levels so each student can succeed.
I use differentiated instruction and actively plan and adjust for my students’ differences so that my instruction suits and supports their strengths and needs. I use differentiation of content, of process, of product, and of learning environment.
Differentiated learning has always been important to me while teaching. I want to reach as many students that I can while still making sure that most of them, if not all, will leave my classroom feeling of successful.
I want my students to come to my class, flourish, and to leave the class with a smile.
As a third language teacher it has been hard to reach kids with learning disabilities, while keeping up with the enriched students so they don’t lose interest in class.
In a regular day in my class, I organize the environment into stations, whereby each student can find his way of learning the subject that is being taught .
When we learn the Hebrew Alfa-Bet the differentiated stations would be :
Building letters with play dough or with blocks
Letters recognition card game
Practice writing the Hebrew letters and vowels
Matching letters to their sound
Build words with magnets and then copy them to a notebook
Matching words to a picture
Reading comprehension of sentences
Reading and recording short sentences on iPad
Reading comprehension- book report
Reading book and recording on iPad
My homework program is also being differentiated into 3 levels:
Different working sheets
Different reading assignments (i.e. each student gets a pouch with the book that meets his reading level )
At the end of each day when I see that my differentiated instructions was successful and helped my students, I feel a sense of satisfaction that my instructions made a difference in my students lives.
My Name is Michal Mouallem and I started my journey at Akiva 16 years ago.
I moved to Montreal from Israel after finishing my service in the Israeli Army as a teacher and a trainer for children at risk and completing my B.Ed at the college of education Seminar Hakibutzim.
My major was creative education for children.
I ended up in Montreal while looking for a project that would make a difference in children's life.
During my time at Akiva I have taught Pre-kindergarten, K, grade 1,2 and 3.
I am currently teaching grade 1, which I have mastered during my teaching years.