Who better to speak to the topic of Differentiating Reading Instruction for Main Ideas and Details than the eLearning Contributor who developed the new training series herself?
Guest Blog Post by Brandi Farrow, eLearning Contributor
Each year I find my students becoming more diverse, not only in their learning styles, but in their current learning levels. It becomes increasingly more important for me to effectively differentiate my instruction to reach all students. We see this even more clearly in the reading classroom, where students often come into my classroom reading 2 or 3 grade levels below where their current grade. In order to most effectively teach these students, we must be able to provide them with content they can comprehend, while building on their current foundations of learning and provide stretch material to get them where they need to be.
In this first series on differentiating instruction I concentrate on teaching Main Idea. I share the strategies, tools, set-up procedures, organization, and resources I use to help me differentiate instruction and reach all of my students on their level, pushing them to succeed further. I have also included some downloadable resources that you can take and use in your classroom immediately.
While “No Child Left Behind” has had a stigma attached, I think all teachers have had this belief for a very long time. We want ALL of our students to achieve at the highest level, and to be held to rigorous standards. Effective differentiation can provide a learning environment for all to succeed.
Brandi Farrow grew up in the small town of Farmington, MO. She had a love for Art and went to Southeast Missouri State University as an Art major. It was during this time that she fell in love with education. Her passion for helping others learn led to a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Since that time, she has continued to follow her passion of helping others. Brandi is currently a 5th grade Reading teacher in Farmington and a leader in the district, earning District teacher of the year in 2014.
She has served as CTA President, vice president, and works with several committees throughout the district to improve curriculum and instruction. She is currently leading the way in the district’s 1:1 program, designing new and engaging ways to teach kids with the powerful technology tools now at their disposal. Brandi’s husband is a principal for the Cape Girardeau school district and they have 2 children, Aiden who is 5 years old and Sophie who is 1.