Taking Baby Steps
Giving Teachers Beginning Strategies to Implement
            Differentiated Instruction

        Planni...
Goals
• To introduce several learning style inventories
  which can be used by elementary teachers to
  gather information...
Learning Style Inventories
• Several on-line interactive and paper and
  pencil inventories are available on-line for use
...
By completing the survey you will see which modality you favor when taking in
                             new information...
Think Pair Share
• Think what implications this would have for
  you as a teacher in planning reading
  instruction of you...
Implications

There is no one right way to teach reading. One size does
not fit all.
Using a variety of visual, auditory, ...
Interest Inventories
• Teachers can determine student interest by
  using interest inventories and/or including the
  stud...
Implications
Knowing our students’ interests gives us a springboard for planning
instruction.
Children learn if the materi...
Use of Diagnostic Assessments to
 Determine Student Readiness
  With a partner, discuss some assessment
  strategies that ...
Possible Assessments

• Pre-tests
• Questioning students about their background
  knowledge
• KWL Charts (Charts that ask ...
In Conclusion

In order to get teachers on-board for
implementing differentiated instruction we
need to do so in small ste...
A starting point would be to begin planning for
differentiated instruction using these 3 tools:




            Learning S...
We can then begin the process of planning our
 instruction so that all children can succeed.
Resources

Periodicals                                      Technology
•   Brimijoin, K. (2006) Using Data to           • ...
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  1. 1. Taking Baby Steps Giving Teachers Beginning Strategies to Implement Differentiated Instruction Planning for Differentiation through • Students’ Learning Profiles • Interest Inventories •Readiness Assessment
  2. 2. Goals • To introduce several learning style inventories which can be used by elementary teachers to gather information about the students in their classrooms. • To look at tools that can be used to determine students’ interests. • To discuss informal and formal diagnostic testing that can be used to gather information about learning strengths and weaknesses. • To see how all these tools can target learners’ needs.
  3. 3. Learning Style Inventories • Several on-line interactive and paper and pencil inventories are available on-line for use in the classroom. • Let’s look at a few: • http://www.internet4classrooms.com/di.htm
  4. 4. By completing the survey you will see which modality you favor when taking in new information Are you Visual Auditory Or Kinesthetic/Tactile?
  5. 5. Think Pair Share • Think what implications this would have for you as a teacher in planning reading instruction of your students. • Write down you thoughts. • Pair with a partner and discuss. • Share out with the group.
  6. 6. Implications There is no one right way to teach reading. One size does not fit all. Using a variety of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile strategies in each lesson will benefit all learners. Knowing a child’s learning style will guide instruction and help all children to succeed.
  7. 7. Interest Inventories • Teachers can determine student interest by using interest inventories and/or including the students in the planning process. • Let’s take a look at a some sample interest inventories: • www.st.cr.k12.ia.us/reading/readinginterestinven
  8. 8. Implications Knowing our students’ interests gives us a springboard for planning instruction. Children learn if the material is meaningful and if they can relate to it. Knowing what they are not interested in gives us information on the background building that will be necessary if the topic is presented.
  9. 9. Use of Diagnostic Assessments to Determine Student Readiness With a partner, discuss some assessment strategies that can be used to determine student readiness for a topic in reading or math. The test can be formal or informal.
  10. 10. Possible Assessments • Pre-tests • Questioning students about their background knowledge • KWL Charts (Charts that ask students what they know about a topic, what they want to know, and what they have learned about a topic) • Webbing
  11. 11. In Conclusion In order to get teachers on-board for implementing differentiated instruction we need to do so in small steps.
  12. 12. A starting point would be to begin planning for differentiated instruction using these 3 tools: Learning Style Inventories Interest Inventories Diagnostic Assessments
  13. 13. We can then begin the process of planning our instruction so that all children can succeed.
  14. 14. Resources Periodicals Technology • Brimijoin, K. (2006) Using Data to • Differentiated Instruction – Abiator’s Differentiate Instruction. Alexandria, VA: Learning Style Inventory Test 2. ASCD. www.internet4classrooms.com • Tomlinson, C. (1995) Differentiating • Reading Interest Inventory. Instruction for Mixed Ability Classrooms. www.st.cr.k12.ia.us/interestinventory Alexandria, VA: ASCD. • Tomlinson, C. & Allan, S. (2009) Understanding Differentiated Instruction: Building a Foundation for Leadership. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
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