Fitting The Pieces Together. Tuning IntoThe Uniqueness Of Each Student. Office of Special Education and Support. AGENDA Where do we need to begin? What is Differentiated Instruction? How do we differentiate instruction? The framework to begin Grouping for instruction Strategies Grading
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Tuning IntoThe Uniqueness Of Each Student
Office of Special Education and Support
A teaching philosophy based on the premise that teachers should adapt instruction to student differences. Rather than marching students through the curriculum in lockstep, teachers should modify their instruction to meet students’ varying readiness levels, learning preferences, and interests.
What the student learns and the materials used to accomplish the goal
Activities used to ensure students are learning key concepts and skills
Application of what students have learnedHow Do We Differentiate?
Student’s entry point relative to a particular understanding or skill
A child’s passion or curiosity for a particular topic or skill
How a student learnsStudent-Centered Areas of Differentiation
exploration of a topic or concern
Students engage in further study using varied materials
based on readiness and learning styles
together to share information Students work on assigned tasks designed to help them make sense of key ideas at varied levels of complexity and varied pacing
And extends their study through sharing
In small groups selected activities by students they apply key concepts to teacher generated problems related to their study The whole class is introduced to the skills necessary to make a presentation Students self-select interest areas through which they extend their understanding
individual study plans and
establishes baseline criteria
for success Student assessment
Make sure your instruction is varied to include these four learning styles. Try some
low-prep strategies to begin your journey toward differentiating.
Heacox, Diane, (2002) Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom, Minneapolis, MN: Free spirit Publishing
Moll, Anne M, (2003). Differentiated Instruction Guide for Inclusive Teaching, Port Chester, NY: Dude Publishing
Tomlinson, Carol A, (1999). The Differentiated Classroom Responding to the Needs of All Learners, Alexandria, VA: ASCD
Educational Leadership (September 2000), How to Differentiate Instruction, Volume 58 Number 1: ASCD