A good readiness match extends a student’s knowledge, understanding and skills a bit beyond what the student can do independently and then provides support in bridging the gap. Carol Ann Tomlinson
Readiness refers to what students already know, understand and are able to do. Before beginning to teach something new we need to determine an individual student’s readiness for the new learning in order to create appropriate learning activities and experiences. When instruction is tied to readiness we are more likely to have success moving students ahead. The key is getting to know our students well.
Readiness is influenced by a number of factors including prior learning, life experiences, and attitudes about school. Readiness can vary widely over time, and in different contexts. The more we knowledge we have, the better our insight into what they know and how we can help them learn.
Factors that affect readiness include :
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Edutopia offers 15+ Readiness Resources for Driving Student Success with many helpful and easy to implement suggestions.