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Differentiating Instruction

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. Consider Multiple Intelligences These Multiple Intelligences definitions and examples will help you understand and recognize multiple intelligences so you can plan activities to address student strengths, not just your own. For Specific Student Needs: Autism and Aspergers Find resources and information to help you understand and work with this increasing population. Gifted

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How to Make a Rubric for Differentiation Rubrics are "rules" or a way to explicitly lay out expectations for an assignment, and the means to evaluate or grade an assignment using a point system. Rubrics work very well for differentiated instruction, as you can establish different levels of performance for general education students and for children receiving special education services. As you start making your rubric, think about the things you need to know to assess a student's performance on a project/paper/group effort. 8 Lessons Learned on Differentiating 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. My real work, though, didn't begin until after the conference, when I was expected to start using the training I'd received. I was expected to create four differentiated lessons that school year.

Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Home > ELL Topics from A to Z > Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners By: Karen Ford (2011) Each student comes to school, not only with unique academic needs, but also with unique background experiences, culture, language, personality, interests, and attitudes toward learning.

Technology Articles The teacher's role has changed in recent years. There has been a shift of emphasis from instructional techniques to developing learning techniques. Our role is no longer that of the "sage on the stage". Today our role leans more towards facilitator or "guide on the side". Our role is to increase student motivation and develop the skills or strategies that make a student more competent and to structure the learning environment so that students are able to take ownership of their own learning.

A Teacher's Guide to Differentiating Instruction Introduction Does effectively teaching 30 students in one classroom require teachers to develop 30 lessons, one tailor-made for each student? Or should teachers “aim for the middle” and hope to reach most students in a given lesson? The answer is not simple. Technology Articles Within the four ways for differentiating instruction there are embedded several other learning strategies which are used in conjunction with each other. The Strategies: Readiness / Ability Teachers can use a variety of assessments to determine a student's ability or readiness. Also, to learn new concepts students may be generally working below or above grade level or they may simply be missing necessary prerequisite skills. However, readiness is constantly changing and as readiness changes it is important that students be permitted to move between different groups (see flexible grouping).

How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms What Differentiated Instruction Is And Isn't Kids of the same age aren't all alike when it comes to learning, any more than they are alike in terms of size, hobbies, personality, or likes and dislikes. Children do have many things in common because they are human beings and because they are all children, but they also have important differences. What we share in common makes us human. Assessment Assessment "Assessment is the process of collecting information on student achievement and performance. Assessment information provides the basis for sound decision making regarding teaching and learning."

And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction What Differentiation Is–And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiation by TeachThought Staff For teacher’s and administrators, a useful definition of differentiated instruction is “adapting content, process, or product” according to a specific student’s “readiness, interest, and learning profile.” It can be first that of as a matter of contrast–“differences.” This student needs something different than that in pursuit of a given learning goal.

Rubrics to the Rescue By Melissa D. Henning, M.Ed. Read this teacher-friendly article for an overview of the rationale for using rubrics and tools and tips for implementing rubrics as an assessment tool in your classroom. You will be able to create and start using rubrics for student assessment within an hour. Differentiated Instruction in the Adult Education Classroom - April 9 & 10, 2015 Brain Research confirms what wise and experienced teachers have always known: No two brains are alike; therefore, no two students are alike. Logically, then, we must ask the question: If no two students are alike, why would we teach them same way? Every adult is different. And, although we rejoice in this fact, it oftentimes poses a dilemma for adult educators.

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