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Reach Every Student Through DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION Grades 7/8 Training. Getting to the core of teaching and learning Education Centre January 21, 22, 2008. Welcome and Meet the Team. Suzanne Cholasta – Curriculum Services Tina Elliott – Queen Elizabeth, Trenton

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Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Reach Every Student Through DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION

Grades 7/8 Training

Getting to the core of teaching and learning

Education Centre

January 21, 22, 2008


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Welcome and Meet the Team

  • Suzanne Cholasta – Curriculum Services

  • Tina Elliott – Queen Elizabeth, Trenton

  • Pearl Hucul – Curriculum Services

  • Richard Long – Curriculum Services

  • Cathy Portt- Special Education Services

  • Carla Ross – Prince Charles, Trenton

  • Mandy Savery-Whiteway – Student Success

  • Christine Zaporzan – Susanna Moodie


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Three important characteristics of a learning community that assist teachers and students in developing resiliency include:

  • caring relationships,

  • opportunities for participation and contribution, and

  • opportunities to use strengths and interests as starting points for learning.

  • Bernard B. (2004) Resiliency: What We Have Learned


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Context

  • Provincial focus on Student Success

  • Grade 7 & 8

  • Spring 2007 – Regional Project Teams

  • Fall 2007 – Ministry training for HPEDSB team

  • Winter 2008 – HPEDSB Phase 1 and 2 implementation

  • Spring/ Fall 2008 – Grades 9 & 10


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Why Differentiated Instruction?

  • Grade 7 & 8 – a time of complex student growth

  • Teachers supporting students through developmental changes

  • Student interests, preferred ways of learning and specific learning needs

  • Reach every student

  • Success for all students


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Getting Started… Jan.21/22

  • improving student learning by recognizing and addressing the diverse learning needs of the students

  • understanding Differentiated Instruction

  • seeing the value of Differentiated Instruction

  • recognizing that Differentiated Instruction does not mean doing everything differently

  • taking new instructional actions, small or large, beyond current level of implementation


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Agenda Review

  • Differentiated Instruction – What?

  • Kits

  • Knowing your students – Who?

  • Planning for Learning and Making Instructional Decisions – How?

  • Exit Cards

  • Phase 2 opportunities


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

What have you brought

in your backpack?

  • Who is a Grade 7 teacher? Grade 8 teacher? French teacher? ISRT? Administrator? Other?

  • Who has attended an in-service / workshop on DI?

  • Who has read a book related to DI?

  • Who has watched a webcast on DI?

  • Who has students with different abilities in their classroom?

  • Who knows students that are at risk?


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Differentiated Instruction

Essential Question

Enduring Understandings

  • Differentiation is a prerequisite to effective curriculum planning, instruction and assessment.

  • Differentiation is teaching with student differences in mind.

  • In a differentiated classroom we choose to do what is fair, not what is equal.

  • How can differentiated instruction support success for all students?

Pages 2 to 7 in DI Teacher’s Guide


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Creating an Effective

Learning Environment

A Sense of Community

  • positive, respectful, collaborative classroom environment

  • organization, routines and visible learning supports

  • students feel safe to take risks

  • students learning styles are accepted and respected

Page 18-20 in DI Teacher’s Guide


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Learning About the Learner

Know your Students

  • Teachers can differentiate according to student’s:

    • Readiness

    • Interest

    • Learning Profile / Preferences

Students learn better if tasks are a close match for their skills and understanding of a topic (readiness), if tasks ignite curiosity or passion in a student (interest), and if the assignment encourages students to work in a preferred manner (learning profile).

Pages 8 -14 in DI Teacher’s Guide


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Plan for Learning

Know the Curriculum

  • Framework for designing instruction, assessment and evaluation:

    • What do I want students to learn?

    • How will I know they have learned it?

    • How will I design instruction and assessment to help them learn

    • (Wiggins and McTighe – Understanding by Design)

What helps us differentiate instruction, assessment and evaluations is the knowledge we develop about our students’ learning preferences, interests, and readiness to learn new concepts.

Pages 15 – 17 Teacher’s Guide


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Ongoing Assessment

Teachers use ongoing assessment to gather information to inform decisions about their students, their instructional approaches and the assessment forms they use before, during and afterlearning.

“The teacher does not try to differentiate everything for everyone everyday…Instead, the teacher selects moments in the instructional sequence to differentiate, based on formal and informal assessment.”

Tomlinson, The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Differentiating Content

The “WHAT” of teaching.

  • awareness and use of essential skills to make sense of, think about, communicate and apply key concepts and principles

  • multiple materials are provided

  • multiple perspectives on ideas & events sought

“In differentiated classrooms, teachers begin [teaching] where students are, not at the front of a curriculum guide.”

Tomlinson, The Differentiated Classroom, 2000


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Differentiating

Process and Product

The “HOW” of teaching and learning.

  • based on student readiness, interest and learning preferences

  • varied approaches, resources and instructional arrangements

  • proactive and thoughtful planning

  • flexibility in choice and time

  • alternate ways for students to demonstrate knowledge and skills


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Differentiating for Process and Product means…the ‘how’

Reciprocity

PROCESS

How of Teaching

PRODUCT

How of Learning

Student Learning

Adjusting instructional approaches to match the needs of the learner using high yield strategies

Offering a variety of ways to represent knowledge and skills

Pages 21-30 DI Teacher’s Guide


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Help students demonstrate

and learn from their learning 

Self Assessment and Evaluation

OF

FOR

Assessment AS Learning

Self, diagnostic and formative assessment are essential to helping us differentiate instruction to meet the learning needs of all students in our classroom.

Pages 31 -33 in DI Teacher’s Guide


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Celebrate Individual and

Group Successes


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Content - and Learner-Centered Planning, Teaching, and Assessing

“If I am uncertain of the precise outcomes of a unit… I am also unable to pre-assess students’ proximity to those outcomes effectively – and thus I am not certain how to craft the start of the journey for students whose proficiencies vary.”

Tomlinson and McTighe, Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Bringing it all Together!

Learning Environment

Differentiated

Instruction

Assessment

Shared Reading

Who am I teaching?

What am I teaching?

How am I teaching?

Are my students learning?


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

As you work towards implementation of differentiation remember

to set realistic and attainable goals...

Pages 34 -37 in DI Teacher’s Guide


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Knowing Your Students

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Here is an easier question…What comes first in Differentiated Instruction?


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Knowing Your Students - The Pillars

Your Task – “Connect the Cards”

Connect the “Know Your Students” activity to the “Readiness, Interests and Preferences” organizer using the Green Cards. Sort the information on your “Know Your Students” into:

Learning Preferences – Learning Styles

Interests

Readiness

When you are done, read pages 10 and 11 of the Differentiated Instruction Teacher’s Guide.


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

“Connect the Cards”

Interests

Readiness

Learning Preferences


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Connect the Cards Consolidation

  • Think

  • Pair

  • Share


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Minds On

Strategy Focus:

  • Metaphor

    Purpose of the Strategy:

  • Establish a positive learning environment

  • Connect to prior learning and/or experiences


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Go to the picture/corner that most represents your best lesson


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

ACTION

Strategy Focus:

  • Jigsaw

    Purpose of the Strategy:

  • Introduce new learning

  • Provide opportunities for practice and application of learning


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Expert Groups

  • Core Questions, pp. 15-17

  • Learning Environment, pp. 18-19

  • Key Features of Diff. Instruction, pp. 22-24

  • Structures, pp. 26-27 and the Yellow Structures companion cards

  • Strategies, pp. 28-30, and Red Strategy companion cards

  • Assessment and Evaluation, pp. 31-33

    Experts return to Home Groups so that experts can present their summary in the Home Groups, while others record the information in the appropriate section of the Jigsaw summary chart.


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

CONSOLIDATION & CONNECTIONS

Strategy Focus:

  • Exit Cards

    Purpose of the Strategy:

  • Provide opportunities for consolidation and reflection


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Exit Cards

Reflect on the four guiding questions at your table:

What I learned/had confirmed about differentiated instruction .….

I wonder ……

What I plan to try in my classroom/school related to differentiated instruction ……

What I want/need to make this plan happen ……


Reach every student through differentiated instruction grades 7 8 training

Phase 2

  • Opportunities to be part of Professional Learning Community on Differentiated Instruction

  • Teachers will select their own focus area for further implementation

  • Four meeting sessions from February to May

  • Small teams – Minimum of two teachers from individual schools including ISRT’s

  • Please join us ……


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