Many times we face the challenge of, what is called, our students’ confrontational behavior. I mean that when we ask them to do something they are not comfortable at doing it, they would shut down. This is truth for many students in all schools, but I disagree that this is a confrontational behavior. From my experience working with many different types of learners, I realized that what it can be perceived as a behavioral attitude, it is just the way students process and understand the information that is given.
For students who are extroverted and well spoken, many times writing is their weakness. On the other hand, for students who are introvert, passionate at writing or working with coding or computer designing, speaking is their biggest challenge. So, when we have these differences into consideration when we are assessing students, we are DIFFERENTIATING!
Some techniques we might want to try in the classroom are:
- Pair up students who are good at speaking and good at writing. They will be a great team as they both have different skills!
- Give student who are not willing to participate orally in class the opportunity to submit written work after class or in google classroom.
- Encourage all students by praising all type of skills. Do not focus only on those who speak in class or those who are always raising their hands. Something I do is to choose a note taker per class and another student who read the notes for the entire class.
- When giving group assignments, remember to group all kind of learners in each group. Sometimes is easier to give them a role for each member of the group.
Finally, remember that students, even more in High School, struggle socially more than academically. When noticing that students are not being themselves, it is also part of differentiating. I would love to hear some feedback regarding this topic. Perhaps, something that you might want to share. Thanks!