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1. Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom November 15, 2006
2. What is Differentiated Instruction? What does it bring to mind?
What does it look like in the classroom?
3. Differentiated Instruction Differentiated instruction is responsive instruction. It occurs as teachers become increasing proficient in understanding their students as individuals, increasingly comfortable with the meaning and structure of the disciplines they teach, and increasingly expert at teaching flexibility in order to match instruction to student need with the goal of maximizing the potential of each learner in a given area.
- Carol Ann Tomlinson, Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom, 2003
Teachers need to embrace and understand the theory / rationale behind differentiated instruction.
Completing activities that are differentiated without understanding underlying theory only leads to a teacher then not being able to generate activities herself.
4. Differentiation of Instruction
5. A Traditional vs. Differentiated Classroom
6. What A Differentiated Classroom Looks and Sounds Like... Looks Like
Students are engaged
Students are all over the place
Students are grouped in various ways
Creativity and imagination are everywhere
The room is frequently messy Sounds Like
Students are teaching one another
Sharing of ideas
Conversation is busy but on task
Compliments and praise (teacher to students and students to students)
7. Role of the Teacher in Creating a Positive Classroom Considerations
Several guiding principles must be considered when modifying a classroom:
Be learner centered
Emphasize student independence
Be flexible rather than rigid
Encourage high mobility
Be open to exploration and novel ideas
8. Some Principles of a Differentiated Classroom
9. Differentiated Instruction in Mathematics
10. Differentiation: A Way of Thinking About the Classroom
11. Planning Tiered Assignments
12. Questions to Ask When Planning Tiered Assignments
13. Tiered Questions for Paper Bag Princess
14. Bingo Board
16. Examples of Differentiated Activities Reading
Princess Bag Story (tiered activities/bingo board)
Principal?s New Clothes (index cards)
Barnegat Bay Estuary Program (main idea)
Alice Paul (writing a summary ? highlighting)
Train to Somewhere (predict/writing a summary)
United States (zap)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (gathering grid) ? playing cards
Estuary Program (gathering facts sheet) ? letter grouping
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