You Can Do More: Jeff Floyd 9/17

Jeff Floyd

By Jeff Floyd former Truman High School Head Coach
Posted: September 17, 2014 - 4:46 PM

I cannot tell you how many times I have been listening to someone in education discuss the next “new/ big thing” and thought to myself, “We coaches have been doing that for years.

"Differentiated instruction" is the new hot topic It is a philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing different students with different avenues to learning, often in the same classroom. Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs.

Differentiated Instruction is often characterized by:

  • Flexible grouping.
  • Continual assessment.
  • Allowing for different learning styles.
  • Understanding and allowing for different readiness levels.
  • Independent work or projects.
  • Learning contracts.

The more I hear and read about this “new” concept, the more I think this sounds like a typical strength-and-conditioning class or practice field.

In the weight room:

I am sure we can all think of the same type of high-quality teaching and learning, using differentiated instruction techniques, that takes place daily on your practice field.

Good coaches are good teachers. Always have been, always will be.

You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you…. Don’t Believe It!

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