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Common Myths Debunked:Differentiation, Student-Led, Gradeless, Collaboration

Melissa Lewis

Before I begin this year blogging about how the year is going with differentiated, student-centered instruction with feedback replacing grades for activities (not semester grades), I wanted to debunk some common myths of those exact terms. I think the terms really scare a  lot of people away from even experimenting with any of them. I read books of course that debunked the common myths I'm going to mention; however, I didn't really understand until I started experimenting with it all on my own last semester.
Myth One: Differentiating means creating an individual lesson for each student, which sounds like an extraordinary amount of work.
What I've learned: Differentiating for each student by the aforementioned definition would be an astronomical amount of work, and that sounds terrifying. However, differentiating is actually far from creating 160 different lessons for each lesson taught. What I've come to truly understand is that true differentiation means…
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An Epiphany: Gradeless, Student-Centered, Differentiated Instruction

By: Melissa Lewis

"Don't worry about failures; worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."
-Jack Canfield
The intent and purpose of this blog is simple: to hopefully shed light on this new experience and to help others wanting to burst out from traditions without knowing how. My hope is that this blog will inspire other teachers to reflect on their own teaching practices and start questioning everything we do. I have no idea if this year will be successful. I do know that I will be painfully honest in our journey in room A310: the ups, downs, and everything in between.

The Epiphany: Last year I had a few honor students struggling, along with multiple average students. I teach 9th grade average/regular and 10th grade honors in a diverse school. New Albany High School's diversity is one of the many reasons I love working here. We house the wealthy and poor, all races, LGBTQ students, etc. It's a beautiful aspect that I don't even think the ch…