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Have you ever…. planned a great lesson and was so excited to teach it but…. A classroom full of students that are engaged in the learning process. G.I.F.T.S. Grouping Individuals for Teaching Strategies . Mrs. Carol Molnar carol.molnar@riversideschools.net Ms. Olga Vetrov

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g i f t s grouping individuals for teaching strategies

G.I.F.T.S.Grouping Individuals for Teaching Strategies

Mrs. Carol Molnar

carol.molnar@riversideschools.net

Ms. Olga Vetrov

olga.vetrov@riversideschools.net

Mrs. Joyell Weimer

joyell.weimer@riversideschools.net

let s set our clock appointments
Let’s Set Our Clock Appointments
  • Sign your name on the top of your paper.
  • For your 12:00 appointment - Find someone in the same subject area.
  • For your 6:00 appointment - Find someone in the same grade level.
  • For your 3:00 and 9:00 appointment - Find two new friends!
  • Make sure all of your appointments are with different people.
  • When clock is completed, please sit down.
clock appointments at work
Clock Appointments at Work

Teacher Choice

Student Choice

Student Choice

Teacher Choice

objectives
Objectives

By the end of this session you will …

IDENTIFY practical differentiated instruction strategies the work in the middle school setting.

PARTICIPATE in and VIEW activities that illustrate these components.

DISCUSS ways to implement these strategies in your classroom.

ANALYZE formative data results to tier lesson activities.

highlighted topics
Highlighted Topics
  • Question Cubes
  • Choice Boards and Menus
  • Choice Homework
  • Tiered Centers
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According to Dodge (2005), when choice is given to students to demonstrate their knowledge on a topic, struggling learners find a way to display their understandings, average students choose assignments intriguing to them, and more advanced learners explore more than they have ever imagined.

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Choice board example:

7th grade Social Studies- Africa

Students must select 1 project from each column and the projects MUST equal 60 points

Bantu Great Zimbabwe Kongo

choice homework
Choice Homework
  • The purpose of Choice Homework is to increase motivation and to provide an opportunity for students to explore topics that enhance the curriculum (Dodge, 2005).
  • Examples of Choice homework include:

A. Create a poem, song, or rap on a curriculum topic.

B. Create a top ten list of concepts that connect to the curriculum topic.

C. Journal entry from a particular point of view.

D. Draw three pictures with captions to illustrate main ideas.

E. Design a GoAnimate or other multimedia presentation.

F. Opt for a Spin-Off

social studies choice project
Social Studies Choice Project

Daily Life In Athens

Choose one of the following projects:

  • Write a poem, song or rap
  • Write a journal entry
  • Create a crossword puzzle
  • Create a comic strip
math choice in class assignment
Math Choice In-Class Assignment

Select one of the following to demonstrate or explain a mathematical technique, process, concept, or rule:

  • Create a windowpane or comic strip
  • Write an acrostic or poem
  • Compose a song or rap
implementing multiple methods into the curriculum
Implementing multiple methods into the curriculum
  • How might you use a Question Cube, Choice Board, Menu or Choice Homework in your classroom?
  • Find your 12:00 appointment and share.
tiered centers
Tiered Centers
  • A tiered lesson matches an instructional task with a student’s skills and understanding of the topic.

When some students:

  • are ready to move ahead but others need more time.
  • would benefit from using different resources.
  • need more modeling and direct instruction.
  • need more challenge, more independence, or more complexity.

When should I tier an assignment?

parking lot
Parking Lot

Using the post-it notes in your packet, write any questions that you may have or select a strategy and describe how you will implement it in your classroom.

learning stations
Learning Stations
  • Language Arts and Intervention Specialist Teachers-Stand up
  • Administrators – Select a Starting Station
  • Math Teachers – Station 1- Choice Assignments
  • Science Teachers – Station 2- Question Cubes
  • Social Studies Teachers – Station 3-Tiered Centers
references
References

Dodge, J. (2005). Differentiation in action. A complete resource with research-supported strategies to help you plan and organize differentiated instruction—and achieve success with all learners. New York, NY: Scholastic.

Hollas, B. (2007). Differentiating instruction in a whole-group setting: Taking the easy first step into differentiation, Grades 7–12. Peterborough, NH: Crystal Springs Books.

Westphal, L. (2009). Differentiating instruction with menus: Middle school edition: Math. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press Inc.

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G.I.F.T.S.Grouping Individuals for Teaching Strategies

Mrs. Carol Molnar

carol.molnar@riversideschools.net

Ms. Olga Vetrov

olga.vetrov@riversideschools.net

Mrs. Joyell Weimer

joyell.weimer@riversideschools.net