One of the things I love most about being a teacher is how intellectually stimulating my job is. What makes it so stimulating — and challenging! — is the range of diverse students I have in each of my classes every day.
How do I support A. to meet seventh grade standards when she’s reading at a second grade level? How do I ensure that O., who has scored far above grade level on numerous assessments, is challenged and engaged at his level? What will help B. orally share her ideas in class more often? How do I ensure that J. has the language supports he needs to grow as a writer in English, his second language? How do I best meet students where they are?
The questions never stop. Thankfully, I’m not the only teacher pondering these challenging questions and situations. You probably are too! If so, I hope you’ll join me as I work to get better at meeting my students where they are. This Thursday, November 19th, you’re invited to our next #TchLIVE Twitter chat at 7pm ET/4 pm PT, where we’ll share our best strategies, ideas, and resources for meeting the needs of diverse learners. Looking forward to chatting with you!
Find previous #TchLIVE chats here.
Geneviève is an educator, artist, and activist who has taught middle school for over a decade. She is a proud National Board Certified Teacher and U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow. Geneviève strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and empowerment, and that learning experiences for children should be culturally relevant, student-centered, and interactive. She started her teaching career as a 1999 Teach for America corps member and currently serves as a commissioner on the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. Geneviève is a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists in New York City. Connect with Geneviève on Twitter: @GenevieveDeBose.