differentiation in your class
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In this podcast , provided by Teacher Created Materials , Dede Dodds discusses the importance of differentiating curriculum and gives practical ideas and examples to help you apply differentiation strategies in your classroom. The needs for differentiating curriculum are well understood by many educators, I believe. To briefly summarize, today's classrooms are no longer represented by heterogeneous students.
The Access Center was a national technical assistance center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the Department of Education. The purpose of the Access Center was to improve access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities at the elementary and middle school levels. Drawing from national legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act and IDEA ’97, the Center was designed to connect states and districts with research-based practices, tools, and materials that could help students with disabilities access the general education curriculum. The Center also helped decision-makers use data to improve instruction and services for students with disabilities. This was accomplished through a variety of technical assistance strategies, including direct consultation and web-based services.
Differentiating Instruction: Meeting Students Where They Are No two students enter a classroom with identical abilities, experiences, and needs. Learning style, language proficiency, background knowledge, readiness to learn, and other factors can vary widely within a single class group. Regardless of their individual differences, however, students are expected to master the same concepts, principles, and skills. Helping all students succeed in their learning is an enormous challenge that requires innovative thinking. What is differentiated instruction?
My differentiation journey began in 2004 when my principal asked me to attend a weeklong summer conference on differentiated instruction. I was eager to please my principal so I quickly accepted her offer. I was also extremely curious about how I, one person, could possibly address the individual needs of 100 students. By the end of the conference, I was totally overwhelmed with information: flexible grouping, assessment, inventories, tiered lessons, Carol Ann Tomlinson .