In this episode we’re talking with Kim Hansel. Ms. Hansel has been in the educational arena for 18 years. She is a national educational speaker and trainer, and an assistant principal. We’ll chat with her about her areas expertise in differentiated instruction and using engaging methodology and teaching with the brain in mind. in a bit but before we do so we’ll get into her educational journey.
Summary of Educational Journey
From cloning mice and research to tutoring and youtube tutorials to alternative ed math teacher to assistant principal and national coach and trainer Kim Hansel’s educational Journey has had numerous challenges and successes. She left the research looking to share her passion for mathematics with students at an alternative high school and found she loved teaching. From there she got her masters in education and has been in the educational field ever since. While a teacher she also became an educational consultant. She performed so well in that role that a principal at a school she was consulting for asked her to come on board as an assistant principal.
Giving professional development as instructional leader and then doesn’t get incorporated into the classroom
Providing additional support [to instructional staff] when you’re doing a bazillion different things.
Modeling good instruction, teaching a lesson, tends to be the best way to get that information incorporated into the classroom.
Use screencasting when don’t have an opportunity to go into a classroom to demonstrate how to incorporate different technologies into class.
Advice for New Principals
When providing pd it’s important to be able to have someone model what you’re looking for in the classroom.
It’s great to have coaches around to say here’s what we’re looking for to incorporate into the classroom and to have them sit in on the pd so they know what’s going on. Then send them into the classroom to help support those teachers with implementation.
Coaching is a great option for overworked principals and assistant principals to help with instructional leadership.
“Differentiation is important for reaching all students.” Kim Hansel
“Differentiate by modes of reception, visual auditory verbal kinesthetic.” Kim Hansel
Words of Wisdom
You can give all this great professional development and all this information, strategies and great ideas but it doesn’t always get incorporated into the classroom that where you have to provide additional support.
The more modes of reception you can cover the more likely you are to get information retained by the student.
I’m talking to you and your listening, that’s not the way to get material into a student’s brain. It’s important that we’re trying different things in the classroom.
About her Coaching and Trainings
Kim provides real examples of how she incorporates differentiated instruction and the impact it has on student learning. You can visit her website here to learn more.
Books she recommends
Basic Principles Of Curriculum And Instruction by Ralph Tyler
Teaching With The Brain In Mind by Eric Jensen
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