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As all educators know, not all students possess the same level of knowledge and skills. This is true at all levels of learning from pre-school to college. To accommodate varied strengths, weaknesses and learning styles, specific tools and resources can help.
Providing Individualized Attention
When students feel respected, their learning process is enhanced. Research also shows that the brain of a relaxed student tends to learn more quickly and retain more information.
One of the ways that many educational environments deal with a classroom of varied skill levels is by employing teaching assistants. While the teacher is instructing the larger group, an assistant can circle the room and ensure that students are not left confused. Teaching assistants can also work with students who possess similar skill levels to maximize the use of their time.
Workbooks are important resources for giving students an opportunity to interact with information. Being asked questions and having to respond in writing stimulates thought and a deeper engagement with the material. For workbooks to be truly effective, teachers must take the time to examine that the work has been completed and that additional questions do not go unanswered.
With technological advances come numerous software tools that can assist students to proceed at a learning pace that feels right for them. Using instructional software allows a learner to review poorly understood material and advance quickly through mastered content. Many sophisticated software products also deliver scored tests and performance reports that assist in an educator’s assessment of the student’s learning process.