How to Teach to a Diverse Classroom of Students

Written by Tina O'Block

Each year teachers are faced withrepparttar daunting task of teaching to a classroom of 20-30 individual students, each with their own learning styles, interests, and abilities. Providing optimal learning for such a diverse group can seem overwhelming. But, there is a simple approach that can be used which will enable all students to succeed, and that approach is simply using variety and choice. Not only does this approach addressrepparttar 109336 multiple learning styles of students, but it also aides in making them independent learners.

Whilerepparttar 109337 classroom still needs to have structure (routines, rules, procedures), providing variety within that structured environment can aide in providing optimal learning for all students. Using a variety of instructional approaches such as lectures, PowerPoint presentations, inquiry-based instruction, hands-on experiments, project/problem-based learning, or computer aided instruction, not only addressesrepparttar 109338 various learning styles ofrepparttar 109339 students inrepparttar 109340 classroom, but it can help learners become more flexible in their learning. Most learners do have a preferred learning style, however this does not mean they are strictly dependent on that style to learn. They are also comfortable with and able to learn from several other styles as well. Exposing students to a wide variety of learning styles will enable them to become more flexible learners.

It is also beneficial to varyrepparttar 109341 input devices used andrepparttar 109342 resources made available inrepparttar 109343 classroom. Children have a wide variety of preferred learning devices, therefore making as many available as possible provides for this diversity. For example, when presenting information use audio (songs, speeches, interviews, etc.), video, books, posters, hands-on manipulatives, food, and smells. Technology has made available a wide range of resources, such as PowerPoint presentations, live video feeds, chats, and communication. PowerPoint presentations are a great way to present information using a mixture of audio, video, animations (movement), and text. These presentations can also be made available torepparttar 109344 students viarepparttar 109345 computer for them to review at their own pace. The internet/ computers also offer interactive learning activities that combine movement, visuals, and sounds, such as virtual science experiments. These allow students to conduct experiments never before thought possible due to danger or lack of equipment. Virtual experiments can be found at .

Pre-exposure to material also aides in learning. The more familiar students are with a subjectrepparttar 109346 easier it is for new learning to occur. Therefore, providing students with a variety of pre-exposure materials can better prepare them for new learning units. For example, monthly calendars that list repparttar 109347 upcoming themes, a classroom website with links to various websites related to upcoming themes, books, magazines, maps, posters, computer software, and manipulatives can be provided for students to browse at their leisure. Providing a variety of materials takes into considerationrepparttar 109348 learning preferences of all students.

Novelty can be used to gain and keep students’ attention. People usually only pay attention to things that are of value or things that are personally meaningful. Therefore, relating learning to your students’ real life experiences or interests can catch and keep their attention. “Shock” them with an unusual noise, experiment, video, song, etc. You can also present them with a problem or project that relates to their real world in order to gain their attention and interest atrepparttar 109349 beginning of a unit. Issues such as environmental problems, problems with long lines inrepparttar 109350 cafeteria, designingrepparttar 109351 perfect playground, planning a field trip withinrepparttar 109352 budget, local traffic issues, etc. can all be considered. Making learning meaningful, relevant, and interesting to your students not only gains their initial attention, but keeps it throughoutrepparttar 109353 lesson.

Premio Ranked In Top 10 For Integrating Technology In The Classroom for 15th Consecutive Quarter

Written by Keith Hunt

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – August 9, 2004 – Forrepparttar 15th consecutive quarter, Premio Computer, Inc. has been ranked as a top 10 technology vendor torepparttar 109335 U.S. education market by an independent research firm. The quarterly statistics research, released August 6, ranks Premio at number eight forrepparttar 109336 second fiscal quarter of 2004, retaining its standing fromrepparttar 109337 previous quarter. Rankings are based on shipments of desk-based PCs, mobile PCs and X86-32 servers.

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Ranking ahead of both MPC and Sony, Premio sharesrepparttar 109338 education market top 10 with such companies as Dell, Hewlett Packard, Apple Computer, Gateway, IBM, Acer and Toshiba. The education technology market is an important one for Premio, which also markets technology solutions to businesses and government agencies throughout North and South America.

“The education market has always been very important for Premio, and we have also become increasingly important for them,” said Tom Tsao, Vice President for Premio Computer. “Many administrators and district technology coordinators have told us that they switched to Premio from other vendors because our level of service, flexibility and affordability is unmatched inrepparttar 109339 industry.”

Premio actively supportsrepparttar 109340 education community through a variety of programs and partnerships, including donations, educational seminars and internships. Premio also offers eSembler™ gradebook and attendance software for K-12 districts. For more information on Premio’s involvement withrepparttar 109341 education market, please visit

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