Misunderstanding about Differentiation Differentiation is a set of instructional strategies. It’s adequate for a district or school leader to tell or even show, teachers how to differentiate instruction effectively. Differentiation is something a teachers does or doesn’t do. “I already do that!” Differentiation is just about instruction.
Best Practices that “fit” differentiation The use of assessment to inform instruction Response to Intervention Teaching for understanding Higher order thinking Flexible grouping Challenge and accountability Acceleration – yes, acceleration!
Literature Discussion Groups Discussion Director Connector Illustrator Passage Master Vocabulary Enricher Summarizer Literary Luminary Researcher
Technology Tools for Differentiated Instruction VoiceThread Letters from the Internment Camp There is a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom PhotoStory 3/Movie Maker Green Eggs and Ham The BFG PodCast- Audacity (Ask help desk) This I Believe-Temple Grandin
Copied from http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/4443168109/sizes/m/in/photostream/ "All learning pivots on who we think we are, and who we see ourselves as capable of becoming." Frank Smith
Discussion Groups What does differentiation look like in your classroom? How can you begin to address the needs of all learners in your classroom? What implications does differentiated instruction have on you as a teacher? Where do we begin?
Credits http://www.caroltomlinson.com/ Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Marcia Imbeau The Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomilinson Sir Ken Robinson: Differentiated Teaching Differentiated Instruction Ignites Elementary School Learning produced by Edutopia A Vision of Students Today by Michael Wesch http://www.edutopia.org/