Varied Experiences

Boxing day 2016 was the first time in 40 years that my father had picked up his violin in order to play a duet with my sister’s boyfriend. It was truly a special moment.  Each of us absorbed the moment in different ways.  Here’s how my little nephew took it in:

My whole family giggled while watching this clip. Everyone loved how both moments happened simultaneously, interwoven yet independent.

Since Boxing Day, I haven’t been able to stop wondering about how many of these moments happen every single day.  I also wonder about the learning in my classroom.  Maybe true universal design and differentiated instruction are rooted in a deep understanding of this very human aspect of school.  While proximity (the same room-ness of instruction) might fool us into thinking that students are experiencing the same lessons, we should never forget how varied the experiences of the same thing can be.  


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