Differentiated learning has been a hot buzz word for well over a decade, and we all agree it difficult to implement but good for students. We tend to forget, however, that adults ARE learners, too, with individual learning needs. Yet, if differentiating for a class full of fourth graders is tough, it can be beyond daunting to meet individual adult learning needs.
A recent ASCD article, “Administrators’ Support Matters for Teacher-Led Learning” by Gretchen Bridgers tackles the issue with a simple answer: administrators encouraging teacher-led learning. Bridgers offers four ways administrators can empower teachers in their professional learning:
Connect teachers to online and offline learning opportunities.
Survey teachers for feedback.
Share the learning.
Furthermore, leaders can encourage teachers to take responsibility for their learning by:
Celebrating their own progress.
We invite you to read the entire article for a deeper examination of Bridgers’ suggestions.
Bridgers, G. (2018, November 1). Administrators' support matters for teacher-led learning. Retrieved November 6, 2018.