Teach Me Differently Ronna Williams’ Presentation based on Holli M. Levy’s “Meeting the Needs of All Students through Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Reach and Exceed Standards”
Some students only pay attention to what the teacher says.
Some students do not listen to anything that the teacher says, but absorb the material written on the board or presented in a power point. Visual Learners
Some students can’t learn until they can do something with the material.
Many students need to discuss the material in order to really learn it.
The Life of King Henry VIII as you’ve never heard it before! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TYOmjqMwoI Click the link to see the video presentation.
As Described in Holli M. Levy’s Journal Article.
After a lesson on D-Day, these students put together a puzzle of the Beach at Normandy. They had to learn the code names for each part of the beach and the outcome of the landings for the allies. The boy in the photo is Kyle. He is ADHD, but always eager to learn. The girl with her back turned is Stephanie. She is gifted, advanced artistically and already had two of her own books published. These students are doing something with information. This is a formative assessment adapted to the learning style of these students.
After studying WWII, the Cold War & Vietnam, Staley wrote a song based on what she learned. Staley is really smart and always finished before anyone else. The song was a way to enrich the learning experience. She wrote it in class using garage band. http://www.myspace.com/staleypensinger Staley’s song is not Copyright ready, so It would be unethical For me to save it here. Please watch her Myspace for her songs, Coming SOON. CLICK!
Formative Assessment With A Group of Students Each student was put on the spot to tell something from the lesson. Later, each student had to perfect the answer by using text across their part of the video. The group decided which jobs they wanted to do. Some wanted to select music, some chose to edit, and all had to tie the lesson to our own headlines. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGVviskAw8c Click The link To see The presentation
In this project, students were asked to give me a summary of the lesson. Each group member had a job based on learning style. One student wrote the script. Another was the editor. One student was in charge of photos. All the students proofed and made corrections. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O1fy5_OOro Click The link To watch The presentation
Summative Assessment ~Is not always as fun as Formative Assessment
How Do We Help Each Child Reach the Set Standards?
The article explains how tiered lesson planning is a good way to help students succeed at Summative Assessments. Success means having the student reach his full potential. Tiered Lessons require more work for the teacher. Example: Audio recording of the test questions with the ability for the student to pause and answer the question and restart.
<ul><li>Another example of Tiered Assessment is </li></ul><ul><li>A test with modifications. </li></ul><ul><li>A Modified Test Question might have pronunciation for key words. </li></ul><ul><li>Ho Chi Minh (Hoe Chee Men) was the leader of which army? </li></ul><ul><li>NVA </li></ul><ul><li>Vietminh (Vee ette men) </li></ul><ul><li>Vietcong (Vee ette kong) </li></ul><ul><li>All of the above </li></ul>.
Tiered Assessment If students learned facts during Formative Assessment using music, teachers could provide access to the instrumental version. The student should be given the ability to pause, think and write. 44 Presidents Test Version is instrumental only Click the link to hear the song http://www.educationalrap.com/130/44-presidents.html
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What about the senses of smell & taste?? Can they be used for assessment? Some teachers believe it! Try it! During Formative Assessments, offer the students the same kind of candy each day. Example: soft peppermint candy stick On test day, pass out a soft peppermint candy stick with each test. Research indicates that the taste and smell helps students to recall information gained during Formative Assessment.
If only the advanced students succeed in a teacher’s class, this may not be evidence of a dynamic teacher. The gifted students could probably do great with any teacher. Helping all students do their best makes a great teacher!
After reading this article, I feel like I have one more tool in my “I want to be a great teacher” toolbox. Holli M Levy (2008). Meeting the Needs of All Students through Differentiated Instruction: Helping Every Child Reach and Exceed Standards. The Clearing House, 81(4), 161-164. Retrieved January 17, 2009, from ProQuest Education Journals database. (Document ID: 1453633641).
Activity Instructions & Set Up <ul><li>We have just completed a week long study of the role of women in American History. </li></ul><ul><li>After viewing the film clip, you will discuss your views. </li></ul><ul><li>Your Statements must be backed up by valid reasons. </li></ul>
Selected Scenes From Mona Lisa Smiles I edited several clips, but I have provided links which are similar to my own creation in case you are unable to view my video. Click the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5PwQkM0KlY