I had little understanding of what it would have been like to attend a one-room school in Kansas.
I was most interested in how my mom walked to school early every morning to stoke up the wood stove before the children arrived.
Other modifications may involve changing the way that material is presented or the way that students respond to show their learning.
Adaptations, accommodations, and modifications need to be individualized for students, based upon their needs and their personal learning styles and interests.
And I also liked hearing about how my four-foot-ten-inch mother managed those big, rough farm boys.
Remember that children with special needs are children first, and have more similarities than differences from children without disabilities.
I suspect that some of these teachers, educated during the heyday of John Dewey, would have found our debates about homogeneous/ heterogeneous classes silly. That is the ethical, and moral, and in some cases legal, imperative. And for efficiency, let's label this kind of teaching differentiating your instruction.
However, it would be only fair to admit that teaching today is a bit more complicated. If you teach in a progressive elementary or middle school, it is likely that you already differentiate your instruction—working to teach a heterogeneous mix of students that includes mainstreamed special education students, a mixture of "average" kids, and a sprinkling of what we sometimes refer to as "the gifted." If you are a high school teacher, it is likely that you are teaching in a school that tracks students into ability levels such as low, medium, high, or basic, general, college prep., honors. There are many ways that schools designate what "track" a student should be in while attaining a high school education.
Reading List General Educational Goals General Educational Goals Development Revolution Unit: Objectives Revolution Unit: Group Instructions Revolution Unit: Guidelines for Literature and Writing Revolution Unit: Rubric Immigration Unit: Objectives Immigration Unit: Group Instructions Immigration Unit: Oral History Project Honors Contract When I was a little girl, my mother told me stories about when she was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse.
I was at the time one of the many post-war baby boomers, attending a suburban Detroit elementary school with eight kindergartens in one building.