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Module 3: A pedagogically conscious creation and use of resources and materials

In this module you will study:

  • how to adapt materials to the needs of diverse learning groups; 

  • how to understand the background and purposes of pedagogical action, that is, when, what and why to do.

Melissa De Witte: 

How mentoring is suited to developing passions: More about nurturing a spark than finding a flame

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, 20 June 2018.

Teaser from the article: "The advice to 'find your passion' might undermine how interests actually develop, according to new research." The article helps you in finding approaches to the special interests of your students.

Georgina Ma: 

Teaching Tips – Mixed Ability Classes

Shane English School. 

The author argues that homogeneous classes or teaching groups do not exist. The article lists challenges of working with mixed ability classes, and potential answers that are worth considering.

Rachel E. White: 

The Power of Play

Minnesota Children's Museum.

This report helps you understand the pedagogical implications and benefits of play and playfulness. Although the publication is about young children's play, you can adapt the findings to other age groups as well.
Think of the class(es) you teach currently. How do your students differ from each other?

For example, think about:

  • their special, unique skills;
  • their special interests and passions;
  • their struggles and things in which they need extra support.

Read at least one of the recommended sources of this module to support your thinking about this issue. Write a note in which you share your thoughts about the above question and make connections between your own work and the source you read.

You can present your notes on a techers' meeting or share it within an offline or online teacher community. Consider sharing your thoughts in our Everyday Creativity social media community.