These students represent the diversity of Mission Hills High School.
Student 1 Name: Ashley Ethnicity: White Gender: Female Socioeconomic status: Upper middle class Interests: cheerleading, socializing, art Readiness: Ashley has a 504 for ADHD. Learning Profile: Ashley is a visual learner and does well in cooperative groups.
Differentiation (Process): Ashley is more likely to participate in projects in which she can express her creativity and be social. She will be successful academically on the video project because she is working with a partner.
Student 2 Name: Marc Ethnicity: White Gender: Male Socioeconomic status: middle class Interests: sports, technology Readiness: Marc acts disinterested in most lessons. He struggles to stay on task, and can have some behavioral issues. Learning Profile: Marc is a kinesthetic learner, and learns best with a partner he trusts.
Differentiation (Product): Marc is much more likely to become engaged in a problem-solving assessments, especially involving technology. Marc will shine in his abilities to use technology to produce a video for the wellness fair.
Student 3 Name: Juana Ethnicity: Hispanic Gender: Female Socioeconomic status: lower class Interests: books Readiness Level: Juana was classified as having a specific learning disability with a processing weakness in visual perception and and therefore she requires specialized academic support. She is well-liked, and gets along well with others. Learning profile: Her strength is in reading comprehension. Despite her demonstrating some basic skills in reading, Juana struggles in all of her core classes.
Differentiation (Product):Juana will actively participate in social and academic conversations with peers and adults on familiar topics by asking and answering questions and soliciting information.This will be beneficial in the service learning component of the unit at the wellness fair. Student 4 Name: Tom Ethnicity: Hispanic Gender: Male Socioeconomic status: lower class Interests: likes to work alone while listening to his ipod. Readiness: Tom has a 504. Some of the concerns are: reading comprehension, written expression, attention/memory organization, and homework completion. Learning Profile: Increase time on assignments, increase time on test, use daily assignment book/agenda, flexible setting for taking tests, flexible setting when class is working independently, ability to listen to headphones when doing independent work. The student’s disability does not interfere with his ability to understand the school’s discipline guidelines.
Differentiation (Content): Visuals as well as diagrams will be a major component of each subject’s instructional strategies for the unit. This includes health and nutritional information that will be presented in way that Tom can understand through the use of visuals.
Student 5 Name: Kayra Ethnicity: Ethiopian Gender: Female Socioeconomic status: lower class Interests: religion, social life with her close friends Readiness: Kayra is an ELL student Learning Profile: Kayra is a very smart girl, as well as motivated.
Differentiation (Process): Kayra will greatly benefit from being paired with a bilingual student; one who know the struggles of learning a second language and one that can provide support and confidence to her.