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The Teacher Tip

Personalize Instruction Through Workshops

June 28, 2018

Adapted from A Mindset for Learning by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz

The workshop model of instruction can balance play and direct instruction, inquiry and scaffolded practice, creativity and choice, community and autonomy. How can workshops adapt to the specific needs of students while driving growth, engagement, and joyful learning?

Try this:

  • Begin each workshop with a focused lesson, where the teacher delivers direct instruction and provides an opportunity for guided practice.
  • Next, have students embark on independent work time while the teacher confers one-on-one, leads small groups, and supports partnerships.
  • Finally, the workshop concludes by pulling the group back together and sharing some final bit of learning or growth from the day’s work.

All of these components offer opportunities for personalized scaffolding, modeling, and inquiry in a variety of contexts including whole class, small group, and one-on-one instruction.

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