To reflect on understandings of learner diversity

Aim

To reflect on understandings of learner diversity.

Evidence and reflection

Think about the four metaphors for teaching diverse learners in terms of similarities and variations. (a) Are there any that particularly resonate with your own experiences, or that interested, or even surprised you? (b) What are the key ideas they raise about the role of a teacher and the role of learners? (c) Think about a class you know well and reflect on your feelings about teaching the diversity of learners in it. What would your metaphor be and why?

Extension

Reflect on what your metaphor expresses about (a) ‘sameness’, (b) ‘difference’ and (c) ‘belonging’ in the classroom?