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Differentiation in
the Library
hello!
I am Faith Ward
I am here because I love to give presentations.
This is a Directed Session with time for
Questions ...
1.
What is Differentiation?
It is not a set of strategies, but
rather a way of thinking about
teaching and learning.
“
Differentiation is acknowledging
that students learn in different
ways, and responding by doing
something about that thr...
How Differentiation Works at GFS
• Cohort was created to examine how we were
reaching our highest achieving students
• Lea...
The Common Sense of Differentiation
● Ensuring an environment that actively supports
students in the work of learning (min...
Common goals for
the teacher and
Librarian
“When classroom teachers
partner with the teacher-
librarian to design, facilitate
and evaluate learning
experiences, the ...
Where Librarians and Libraries
Play a Role
differentiated information resources
technology rich environments
flexible lear...
More Than One Way to get there
We have to know where we want all students to end
up before we can think intelligently abou...
Fundamental to the Success of Teaching and Learning
is Teacher’s understanding of What Students Must:
Understand
Know Be a...
Rationale for Using Tiered Assignments
Allows students to begin learning where they are
Allows students to work with appro...
Tiered Assignment Examples
Make a poster showing the
three types of angles we
discussed: acute, right and
obtuse. Draw and...
The Importance of a Quality Curriculum
It is artificial to separate curriculum
and instruction. What we teach
sharply affe...
Questions to Consider about the Quality of a
Curriculum Unit
• In unit planning do students understand what they should
kn...
Differentiation in response to Student Readiness
Teachers looking for student’s readiness needs in regard to
specific acad...
Differentiating by Interest
Student Interest
Interest refers to a feeling or emotion that causes an individual
to attend or focus on something because...
Differentiating in Response to Student Interest
• Provide resources of all kinds that help students relate
essential conte...
Neuroscience and Interest
Leads to
greater
student
engagement
Contributes
to a sense
of
competence
and
autonomy
Promotes
p...
How are you promoting and providing for
student interest
In the Library?
Differentiation through Curation
Curation Tools
AASL Best apps for
teaching and learning
Gibbon
Blendspace
Learn.ist
List....
“...Be evaluative in your thinking
and practice and encourage
students to assume this stance
as well. Often, discovering t...
thanks!
Any questions?
You can find me at
@teachingtoread
faithward@gfs.org
Works Cited
Koechlin, Carol and Sandi Zwaan. Everyone WIns: Differentiation in the School Library. Teacher Librarian
(35:5...
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Teacher Librarians fulfill many functions in our schools but their
main role is assisting students on the road to learning. As the
scope of student needs continues to broaden, how can Teacher Librarians build inclusive collections and support all students in research and independent reading quests? This presentation will help you gain a better understanding of differentiation in the library classroom and how to assemble resources that are challenging and accessible to a range of student abilities.

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Faith Ward - Differentiation: Supporting All Learners in the School Library

  1. 1. Differentiation in the Library
  2. 2. hello! I am Faith Ward I am here because I love to give presentations. This is a Directed Session with time for Questions and Sharing
  3. 3. 1. What is Differentiation? It is not a set of strategies, but rather a way of thinking about teaching and learning.
  4. 4. “ Differentiation is acknowledging that students learn in different ways, and responding by doing something about that through curriculum and instruction.
  5. 5. How Differentiation Works at GFS • Cohort was created to examine how we were reaching our highest achieving students • Lead Research on gifted education • Differentiation surfaced as the practice to implement • Carol Ann Tomlinson
  6. 6. The Common Sense of Differentiation ● Ensuring an environment that actively supports students in the work of learning (mindsets, connections and community) ● Absolute clarity about a powerful learning destination ● Persistently knowing where students are in relation to the destination all along the way ● Adjusting teaching to make sure each student arrives at the destination
  7. 7. Common goals for the teacher and Librarian
  8. 8. “When classroom teachers partner with the teacher- librarian to design, facilitate and evaluate learning experiences, the opportunities for differentiation are doubled. -Carol Koechlin and Sandi Swaan
  9. 9. Where Librarians and Libraries Play a Role differentiated information resources technology rich environments flexible learning environments
  10. 10. More Than One Way to get there We have to know where we want all students to end up before we can think intelligently about how we want them to get there! Differentiation is seldom about different outcomes for different kids. It’s about different ways to get students where they need to go.
  11. 11. Fundamental to the Success of Teaching and Learning is Teacher’s understanding of What Students Must: Understand Know Be able to do
  12. 12. Rationale for Using Tiered Assignments Allows students to begin learning where they are Allows students to work with appropriately challenging tasks Allows modifications of working conditions based on learning style Avoids work that is anxiety production or boredom producing
  13. 13. Tiered Assignment Examples Make a poster showing the three types of angles we discussed: acute, right and obtuse. Draw and label an example of each type. Then look through magazines and catalogues to find at least two examples of each type of angle and add the pictures to your poster. Your poster should tell us about the types of angles. Compose a short story or poem about angles. You must use all three types of angles that we have talked about. Be sure your story or poem includes the distinguishing characteristics of the type of angles and clearly teaches us about the angles. Design and draw a building that has no right angles. Write three paragraphs describing your building and its angles. In your description, include what the building would be used for. What will the doors and windows be like in your building? Will your design be popular with the general public? Why or why not?
  14. 14. The Importance of a Quality Curriculum It is artificial to separate curriculum and instruction. What we teach sharply affects how we teach.
  15. 15. Questions to Consider about the Quality of a Curriculum Unit • In unit planning do students understand what they should know, understand, and be able to do at each step of the process? • Is the unit constructed so that it is relevant to students lives and experiences so they can build on prior knowledge? • Does the work the students are asked to do generally support them in becoming thinkers and problem solvers, often drawing on methods and practices of experts?
  16. 16. Differentiation in response to Student Readiness Teachers looking for student’s readiness needs in regard to specific academic content rather than focusing on student’s ability are well positioned to work from a fluid, “growth mindset” Readiness is not a synonym for ability
  17. 17. Differentiating by Interest
  18. 18. Student Interest Interest refers to a feeling or emotion that causes an individual to attend or focus on something because it matters to them Situational Interest and Individual Interest Student interests are conduits to motivation, relevance, and understanding
  19. 19. Differentiating in Response to Student Interest • Provide resources of all kinds that help students relate essential content to their areas of interest • Use illustrations of complex ideas related to student interests to keep them moving from the familiar to more challenging • Show examples of skill applications in areas of student interest to see how skills are applied in a real world setting • Use examples that mirror experiences of all students • Share ways in which personal interests intersect with essential knowledge and understandings
  20. 20. Neuroscience and Interest Leads to greater student engagement Contributes to a sense of competence and autonomy Promotes positive connections between student and teacher
  21. 21. How are you promoting and providing for student interest In the Library?
  22. 22. Differentiation through Curation Curation Tools AASL Best apps for teaching and learning Gibbon Blendspace Learn.ist List.ly Zaption App Smashing Mix and maximize app utility to fit a particular need - places choice and accountability in the hands of learners!
  23. 23. “...Be evaluative in your thinking and practice and encourage students to assume this stance as well. Often, discovering that a tool doesn’t fit a need can also be a productive outcome. -Rebecca Morris, Professor Library and Information Studies in the School of Education at UNC Greensboro
  24. 24. thanks! Any questions? You can find me at @teachingtoread faithward@gfs.org
  25. 25. Works Cited Koechlin, Carol and Sandi Zwaan. Everyone WIns: Differentiation in the School Library. Teacher Librarian (35:5, June 2008) p. 60-65. http://ssla.ca/ckfinder/userfiles/files/everyone_wins_nov282008_ckoechlinandszwaan.pdf Morris, Rebecca J. In School Libraries, Differentiation through Curation. Voices in Education: the blog of Harvard Education Publishing. September 17, 2015. http://hepg.org/blog/in-school-libraries,-differentiation- through-curat Sousa, David A., and Carol A. Tomlinson. Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-friendly Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree, 2011. Tomlinson, Carol A., and Marcia B. Imbeau. Managing a Differentiated Classroom: a practical guide. New York: Scholastic, 2011. Credits: Presentation template by SlidesCarnival

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