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Differentiating Instruction Whether you teach first grade or AP Calculus, your class is certain to have a variety of learners. Perhaps you have some ESL/ELL students, some learning support, some emotional support, some gifted, and some very “average.” TeachersFirst has resources to help you understand and adapt for student differences, including general ideas for any and all students and for specific student needs. For Any and All Students: Browse examples Many TeachersFirst resource reviews include differentiation suggestions and practical ways a resource can help you meet individual needs. For Specific Student Needs: Autism and Aspergers Find resources and information to help you understand and work with this increasing population. Adapt-a-Strategy for ESL/ELL Adapt your existing lesson plans using these simple strategies to help ESL students. Gifted Special Ed Special Ed regulations change frequently, and many are specific to your state.

Digital Differentiation Tools for Teachers Digital differentiation is a new concept we learned from our colleague Susan Oxnevad. She did a really wonderful job crafting and designing the tools for digital differentiation which I am sharing with you below in the form of interactive images created using Thinglink. What is digital differentiation According to Susan, digital differentiation is all about designing and facilitating student driven learning experiences that are fuelled by standard based essential questions and powered by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths for success. Why digital differentiation ? What UDL? Universal Design for Learningis a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs. Why is UDL necessary? Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Recognition Networks The "what" of learning How we gather facts and categorize what we see, hear, and read. Strategic Networks The "how" of learning Planning and performing tasks. Affective Networks The "why" of learning How learners get engaged and stay motivated. Source: CAST - What is UDL? Learn more about UDL:

Stop The False Generalizations About Personalized Learning In March, Tom Loveless, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, took an outdated swipe at the logic behind moving toward a student-centered learning system. He in essence suggested that because the curriculum wars have been decided more or less empirically, that people bent on disrupting the classroom and the factory-model education system were doing so under faulty assumptions about how students learn. In his piece, he attacked the logic of teaching around multiple intelligences and pointed to some of the research that shows that tailoring learning opportunities to common assumptions around visual, auditory, and other such supposed learning styles are not good ways of teaching different students. Today’s factory-model education system, which was built to standardize the way we teach, falls short in educating successfully each child for the simple reason that just because two children are the same age, it does not mean they learn at the same pace or should follow the same pathway.

What Is Your Learning Style? What Is Your Learning Style? This quiz asks 24 questions and will take less than five minutes to complete. Try not to think too hard -- just go with your first thought when describing your daily activities and interests. By the end, you may have some new insights into your learning preferences. Editor's Note (2013): There is no scientific evidence, as of yet, that shows that people have specific, fixed learning styles or discrete intelligences, nor that students benefit when teachers target instruction to a specific learning style or intelligence. Differentiating Instruction through Technology: Meeting the Needs of All Students Thematic Starting Points Start with the 42explore site. Then, look for the same 2-3 topics in other thematic starting places. Compare and contrast the results. How would these resources be helpful in addressing the individual differences in children such as reading level, interests, and depth? Explore 42explore Projects - topic or subject index. Library Portals for Children and Young Adults Pathfinder Collections Library Spot Web Subject Guides & Thematic Resources

The Noon Day Project Welcome to the Noon Day Project The next Noon Day project adventure will start on March 10, 2014. I hope you can join us then. For more information contact Greg Bartus, the project leader. Special greetings to our colleagues at AMTNJ (Association of Math Teachers of New Jersey) who are celebrating their Centennial anniversary this year! Measuring the Circumference of the Earth The Goal of the Noon Day Project is to have students measure the circumference of the earth using a method that was first used by Eratosthenes over 2000 years ago. Students at various sites around the world will measure shadows cast by a meter stick and compare their results. From this data students will be able to calculate the circumference of the earth. The Eratosthenes Experiment Watch as Carl Sagan describes some of the background surrounding Eratosthenes' experiment, which is the basis for this project.

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students What's the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? It would be saying to students something like, "Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday." Yikes -- no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding -- just left blowing in the wind. Let's start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids, then for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an assignment and/or making accommodations for a student (for example, choose more accessible text and/or assign an alternative project). Scaffolding and differentiation do have something in common though. So let's get to some scaffolding strategies you may or may not have tried yet, or perhaps you've not used them in sometime and just need a gentle reminder on how awesome and helpful they can be when it comes to student learning: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Teaching . . . Seriously: Crafty Nonfiction Choice Boards This year, I'm asking my students to read one nonfiction picture book each week. To make it more engaging, I decided to develop a choice board. Not your everyday run-of-the-mill choice board, but something really crafty! My students will select one activity for each week of the first quarter. I couldn't wait to get started on these projects . . . so I decided to try them myself. Cootie Catcher Vocabulary - Choose four key vocabulary words from the text. Crafty Content Diagram - Think about the main idea or structure of the book. Paper Chain Summary - Cut strips of construction paper. Paper Bag Artifacts - Think about physical artifacts that would allow others to experience facts and ideas from the book. Paper Plate Compare/Contrast - You'll need to read two books with similar content for this activity. Main Idea Sticky Notes - Write the key ideas, principles, or events from the text on sticky notes. Enjoy! Brenda

Digital Library for Earth System Education Student Engagement: Resource Roundup Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation Tips and Strategies for Keeping Students Engaged Igniting Student Engagement: A Roadmap for Learning, by John McCarthy (2015) McCarthy discusses key strategies to ensure student engagement including being authentic, introducing units with meaningful launch events, and letting students know what outcomes to expect. Back to Top Engagement Through Projects Integrated Learning: One Project, Several Disciplines, by Edutopia Staff (2015) For any project within a vocational major, High Tech High encourages teachers and students to include relevant content from other subject areas to enhance real-world connections. Engagement Through Technology Engagement Through Social and Emotional Learning Getting (and Keeping) Students Engaged Create experiences so students invest in their learning.

The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction - The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction by Terry Heick Differentiation is a simple idea that’s less simple to actuate. Differentiation is a rational approach to meeting the needs of individual learners, but actually making it possible on a daily basis in the classroom can be challenge. In ‘What Differentiation Is–And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiation,’ we recall ed-guru Carol Ann Tomlinson’s overview of differentiation as ‘adapting content, process, or product according to a specific student’s readiness, interest, and learning profile.’ And in ‘Understanding Differentiation’ “The goal of a differentiated classroom is maximum student growth and individual success. And therein lies the need for differentiation. Tomlinson’s above identification of ‘Content, Process, or Product’ provide a useful starting point, as she explains that, “A teacher can differentiate content. Below we’ve gathered a list of 50 differentiation strategies. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instruction - by Terry Heick Differentiation is a simple idea that’s less simple to actuate. Differentiation is a rational approach to meeting the needs of individual learners, but actually making it possible on a daily basis in the classroom can be a challenge. In ‘What Differentiation Is–And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiation,’ we offered Carol Ann Tomlinson’s overview of differentiation as ‘adapting content, process, or product according to a specific student’s readiness, interest, and learning profile.’ And in ‘Understanding Differentiation,’ clarified the goal of differentiation in learning: “The goal of a differentiated classroom is maximum student growth and individual success. And therein lies the need for differentiation. How Can You Use Differentiation In Your Classroom? Tomlinson’s above identification of ‘Content, Process, or Product’ provide a useful starting point, as she explains that a “teacher can differentiate content. Below we’ve gathered a list of 50 differentiation strategies.

8 Ways to Differentiate a Worksheet | Classroom Tested Resources Do you struggle to make one worksheet work for your whole class? Are you trying to differentiate without pulling your hair out? I have been there, and I feel for you. While I am not a worksheet kind of teacher, I do understand that they have their time and place in just about every classroom. While they are necessary, they can be difficult to reach every student with, and in the modern classroom that poses some serious issues. Differentiation is such a buzzword these days, as it should be with individualized learning, but it can add a lot to a teacher's workload. It doesn't have to though! Highlighter A highlighter is a magical little tool. Sometimes I will ask the student which item they are struggling with and work with them on that item, and then highlight items that will compliment their learning based on that item. Evens or Odds Fold In Half This strategy, much like Evens or Odds works well when students should be completing about half of the items on a worksheet. Select Items 1. 2. 3.

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