# Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

In third grade, my daughter struggled with problems like 36 x 12, and she knew her multiplication facts. Fortunately, her math tutor recognized what was needed, and introduced the Lattice Method. For some educators, the Lattice Method is controversial. Just read some of the FB comments. After multiple failed attempts, this strategy made a difference for my daughter. She rediscovered her confidence in math. As educators, we know that learning is not one size fits all, and what's best for some students may not be for others. Myth #1: DI is a collection of strategies. There are many books, workshops, and organizations offering "differentiated strategies" that, when used, will instantly have teachers differentiating for their students. Truth #1: DI is a lens for implementing any strategy in all pedagogies. Consider that effective teachers have a wealth of tools that they use to meet student needs. Myth #2: DI is incompatible with standardized state testing. Look Through the Lens

10 Engaging Games for Summer Learning For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we're featuring games for summer learning. Anything remotely school related is a total summer-break bummer. But that doesn't mean the learning has to stop. Kids are sure to become engrossed in these great at-home games that are also teacher approved. To see the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top-Picks List, Ultra-absorbing Games for Undercover Summer Learning. Photo by Amanda Tipton. Intelligence Squared debate: Don’t end the tyranny of the test On Thursday I spoke at an Intelligence Squared debate called ‘Let’s end the tyranny of the test: relentless school testing demeans education’. Together with Toby Young, I spoke against the motion; Tony Little and Tristram Hunt spoke for it. There were a number of important points of agreement between the two sides. Tony Little told the story of Tom, a brilliant history student who got a U in his History A-level because his argument was essentially too sophisticated for the narrow exam rubric. I’ve known Toms in my time teaching, and I’ve also known the opposite – the student who gains top grades in exams through a mastery of the exam technique, as opposed to the subject itself.

5 Google Apps that Help Teachers Differentiate Instruction Meet Janelle, an intelligent, creative, computer-literate animator in training, who is a self-motivated sophomore. Meet Tony, also intelligent, creative, shy, somewhat computer-literate, and an English-as-a-second-language junior. Meet Justin, a creative, outgoing, somewhat computer-literate sophomore who works as a DJ on the side. I could go on, describing 20 students in the same high school class who have very diverse interests, talents and learning styles. As their teacher, how do I accommodate all of those students? How do I motivate them? 8 Lessons For Teacher Growth 8 Lessons For Teacher Growth by Terry Heick 1. Suggestions for Writing Your Own Educational Philosophy You will be required to submit an up-to-date philosophy with your student teaching application; many districts require applicants to submit a philosophy along with other material. Your philosophy is a statement of PERSONAL beliefs and how these will be put into action in your classroom - the philosophy is not a theoretical essay on education but an action plan for you. It is often used by administrators to judge whether the applicant is the "kind of person that I would want in my school or teaching my children.

Differentiating Instruction with Technology: A Framework for Success - an EdWeb Webinar Thursday, Apr. 23 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time Differentiating Instruction with Technology: A Framework for Success Presented by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher, classroom teacher/ IT Director - Westwood Schools Community: Amazing Resources for Educators Sponsor Line: This webinar is sponsored by Quill.com Employers Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives Andreas Levers/Flickr Business leaders and economic thinkers are worried that today’s students aren’t leaving school with the skills they’ll need to succeed in the workplace. Representatives from tech companies and hiring experts are looking for applicants who show individuality, confidence in their abilities, ability to identify and communicate their strengths, and who are capable of thinking on their feet. At the recent Next New World conference hosted by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, panelists addressed the question of how the American education system can better prepare students to meet the evolving challenges of the 21st century economy. Every panelist agreed that right now, the U.S. does not have a system that produces students that meet those needs. “The problem is not to get incrementally better with our current education system,” said Tony Wagner, expert in residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab.

Map Skills for Elementary Students This website would like to remind you: Your browser (Firefox 17) is out of date. Update your browser for more security, comfort and the best experience on this site. Photograph by Winn Brewer, National Geographic Spatial Thinking and Maps Skills in Young Children Student-Driven Differentiated Instruction with "I Choose" How it's done: Definitions I Choose is a 30-minute block of time during the day that allows fourth, fifth and sixth grade students to rotate through various interventions within RTI or attend their choice of electives including peer tutoring, library, physical education, computers, or music. The program allows teachers the time for the differentiation they'd requested and gives the students a mix of valuable supports and enjoyable enrichments. Generating Motivation "We knew when we got together that motivation is a huge aspect to student achievement," says former Principal Cole Young.

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