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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?

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Leaps Teaching Social Skills by Pam Bruening There is a lot of confusion between modification, accommodation, and differentiation, especially as these terms relate to special education. The intent of all three is that students receive support in the classroom and help students to learn.1 Modification Modification of curriculum means to make a change in what is being taught to or expected from the student.2 Making an assignment easier so the student is not doing the same level of work as other students is an example of a modification.3 Generally, modifying curriculum is not recommended unless it is stated on a student's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), since it involves altering student academic expectations. About the Author

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? Getty Images With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there’s a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-training and what they’re actually learning in school. A new Project Tomorrow report surveying principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools.

It's Time to Disrupt the System - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson - For as long as I have been involved in education, the focus for finding the key to fixing education has always been about providing professional development for the teachers and administrators. The philosophy is top-down with the intent that knowledge will eventually trickle down to benefit the students. But, during one of the two ISTE Ignite sessions, I listened to the well respected “education disruptionist,” Will Richardson, sum up 19 of his bold beliefs about education in exactly five minutes. His five minutes were not just inspiring, but I heard it as a call to all educators to stop putting up road blocks and open up the classrooms and allow learning to become powerful and impact the world. There are so many things we are not doing right and, according to Mr.

SchoolTube The best videos from schools everywhere. Students: use video to get ahead in school & at home. Teachers: inspire students in your classroom & around the world. Students Watch Student Videos Differentiated Instruction Visually Explained for Teachers September, 2014 Here is an interesting visual I stumbled upon today while I was browsing through my Twitter feeds. The visual is an overview of what differentiated instruction is all about and sheds some light on key concepts related to this instructional method. In a nutshell, differentiated instruction is primarily suiting instructional means to meet individual learning needs. As such it targets the following areas: Improvement of learning outcomesIncreasing learners' self-awarenessHelping students learn more efficiently and with deeper understandingInspiring a love of learningIncreasing engagement. There a wide variety of reasons that make differentiated instruction a necessity in the teaching pedagogy.

15+ Readiness Resources for Driving Student Success Learning how to drive is an exhilarating experience, unless you're the parent sitting in the passenger seat. My son passed driver's ed, and he needs to clock hours driving with a parent -- that would be me. I plan those driving experiences based on his readiness, such as empty parking lots, neighborhood streets, light and heavy traffic, highway, and night driving. (The latter two may be more an issue of my comfort level.) How Twitter can be used as a powerful educational tool Think Twitter is just a waste of time? Think again. Its organizational structure makes it an effective tool for connecting with students and others online

Jessica Jimenez : Presentation Handout Why teach inductively? - Students get more practice and are more likely to pay attention. - Students show what they understand, giving you something to assess. - Inductive activities can connect the material to students' lives and increase motivation. - Inductive teaching fosters noticing. 4 Ways to Differentiate Objectives Photo by Waisian … a differentiated classroom provides different avenues to acquiring content, to processing or making sense of ideas, and to developing products.” Carol Tomlinson in How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms

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