For the last eight days, I’ve been caring for a neighbor’s plants and kitty. No big deal, right? Well, it’s a tiny deal when your neighbor is a practicing botanist with lots of letters stacked next to his name. I’ve got the kitty responsibilities down pat. Fresh water, crunchy food, a spoonful of wet food every other day, playtime, and an occasional brushing. The learning curve for the plant care has been steeper. No to tap water. Yes to tap water. Water every day, water every other day, or water every third day. Too much sun is bad. Too little sun is bad. I actually have three pages of notes for a total of 40 or so unique plants.
I was in the midst of describing my extensive plant-care responsibilities to a pal when it hit me: I’m differentiating! My task doesn’t stand muster to how you differentiate in the classroom; however, I am reminded of the enormity of this task. So how do you do it? How do you embrace the varying needs of your students and still have hair to comb each morning?