Module 1: Creating a Community of Learners

Diversity and Classroom Management:

Supporting Individual Students


With students of mixed ages and different backgrounds, be aware of ways in which individuals need support. Younger students are generally more comfortable with technology and need guidance in speaking up in class or making presentations about their work. However, students of any age could need support in either area.

Creating a positive learning environment and catering to non-traditional learners will go a long way towards helping students achieve success. But to meet the needs of all learners in your classroom, you need to consider the individual needs of a diverse student body.


Now that you've watched the video and read the Lieb article, how do you think differently about working with non-traditional learners? What percentage of your students come to you "ready to learn"? What experiences have you had with students not being there yet? What might be some of the reasons they aren't ready? How might you help them get there?