The first chapter of the text covers a very important aspect of teaching, which is of differentiating learning. As Howard Gardner states in his theory of multiple intelligences are people that have different strengths and learning should be tailored to these strengths. This is applicable to teaching because if teachers are able to align educational approaches with an individual’s stronger intelligences, understanding and learning can become easier and be done with greater enthusiasm (Christensen, Johnson, & Horn, 2011). This makes it quite evident that in teaching there is not a one size fits all model and as teachers we must continually adapt and change our methods to better suite students. I believe this notion is especially important at the elementary level where a teacher will be with a group of students the entire year. The teacher will be able to learn their strengths and weaknesses at greater detail, in doing so develop appropriate lessons in accordance with their strengths while continuing to improve the areas of weakness. New web based tools such as wikis can be used as an effective way in differentiating instruction. Kawahata and Chung (2013) states wiki technology is an effective tool for collaborative learning and sharing knowledge. This is especially the case for students who may have more of an introvert personality. I believe that it is not only important to be aware of the multiple intelligences one will have in the classroom, but also be aware of the new technological resources available.
I have never used an eReader before so this was my first experience. I personally do not like to read things of length on the computer as I feel my eyes get tired quickly. Additionally, doing the reading on the computer allows for the opportunity of more distractions. I find myself stopping reading and taking more breaks to check the news, sports, or emails. I considering myself to be pretty computer savvy and I found it easy to use the tools on the kindle reader. Highlighting and making my own notes was very simple. It also was very easy to navigate and search throughout the book. The one aspect I like about reading on an eReader is the ability to search for key words to find my way back to a page that I could not exactly remember.
Christensen, C., Johnson, C.W., & Horn, M.B. (2011). Disrupting class: how disruptive innovation will change the way the world learns (kindle). McGraw-Hill.
Kawahata, C., & Chung, C. (2013). Increasing student motivation and engagement in the peer editing process through the use of wiki technology. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013, 4492-4496.