Design, develop, and implement technology- rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment.
Since I first began studying teaching and learning I have heard the buzzword “differentiation” countless times. Basically, all learners have different abilities, interests, histories, and needs and therefore, a fundamental component of teaching involves addressing these unique needs. The depth of my understanding of differentiation greatly increased after having the opportunity to learn about adult learning principles, or the characteristics of adult learners and, specifically, how that is similar to and different from the needs of K-12 students. I thoroughly reflect on my learning in my blog post Differentiating Professional Development. In this reflection, I also include a visual representation of how differentiation and adult learning principles coexist.
To understand digital age best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment, I also researched Collaborative Learning Strategies for Professional Development. The most notable strategies, included in the infographic below, were chosen because they take into consideration adult learning principles and offer ways to differentiate instruction so each learner’s needs are being met.