2e: Differentiation and learning environment

Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using differentiation, including adjusting content, process, product, and learning environment based upon student readiness levels, learning styles, interests, and personal goals

In order to best support the whole school community when it comes to preparing for strong differentiation, a learning environment that is ready for where students are in terms of levels, learning styles, interests, and student-led goals, technology coaches need to be prepared to implement technology-enhanced learning experiences from where the teacher feels comfortable starting.  In my blog post, Leadership, Trust and Paving the Way for All Involved, I stress the critical juncture of collaboration between coach and educators.

The first step in collaboration is establishing trust. After that, creating professional development (PD) that is hands-on, purposeful for classrooms and students, and shows differentiation firsthand, gives the coach the opportunity to model differentiation explicitly and that there is not a one size fits all approach to coaching, just like for students and the learning environment.