A classroom is comprised of students at varying levels of cognitive development; therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach will not meet all of the students’ learning needs. Differentiating instruction with cognitive development stages in mind helps ensure all students learning needs are addressed.
For this assignment, use the Cognitive Development Activities template to create three standards-based instructional activities. Refer to Piaget’s stages of cognitive development theory, Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, or Kohlberg’s theory of moral development to guide the design of your instructional activities.
Part 1: Activity Template
Complete the “Cognitive Development Activities” template and provide three examples to address the following in each:
- Grade level and subject area (10th Grade Subject: ELA)
- Activity: Explain the activity for your content area.
- Differentiation: Explain how you would change this activity for a student with a higher cognitive level and a lower cognitive level in order to support learning for all students.
Part 2: Reflection
In 250 words, summarize and reflect on how each activity influences and supports students’ varying levels of cognitive development. Explain why this is important to understand and how you will apply it to your future professional practice.
Support your findings with a minimum of three scholarly resources.