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Differentiation...that's the goal!

Teachers usually differentiate instruction by changing one of the three BIG classroom focuses: the content (what students are learning ); the process (how students are learning ); or the product (what can they produce that shows what they have learned).

However, there is no one-size-fits-all model for differentiated instruction!

We should be able to tell when this is happening in your classroom! I included the below PDF and will also be placing a copy in your box for us to discuss in PLC's. If we truly are looking kid by kid, then we should be teaching that way as well!

My favorite differentiation guru, Carol Ann Tomlinson suggests these guiding principles to support differentiated classroom practices:

  • Focus on the essential ideas and skills of the content area, eliminating busy work
  • Respond to individual student differences (like learning style, prior knowledge, interests, and level of engagement).
  • Group students flexibly by shared interest, topic, or ability.
  • Integrate ongoing and meaningful assessments with instruction. (formative & Summative!)
  • Continually assess; reflect; and readjust!

How can we help? We want to nurture different teaching models; encourage you to apply differentiation with flexibility, creativity, and choice; and provide you with high-quality PD & support (our learning specialists are GREAT resources for this!!). Please holler if you see a place we can offer support!

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There is a way to get your Google Apps email forwarded to your Wylie ISD address, and our Lacey Boruk created a handy click sheet to help ya make it happen! Thanks, Lacey!

a techno tip for the week!

SAMR & coaching....set up a time when I can come see your iPads in action this week! From the S to the R, let me in! :) And by me, I mean me & Bradshaw. A techno treat for all those that send us a lil'block we can come see!

Today I wanted to share a simple app called Number Pieces. I saw a teacher give her students a subtraction problem on the doc camera and asked the students to write the problem out on the Number Pieces app. To help them solve the problem, she had them use the base 10 blocks as manipulatives. Students would represent the top number with the base 10 and then subtract the bottom number by taking the correct number away. Not only was it a great subtraction lesson but the students learned a lot about place value.

Another added bonus is she didn’t have to get all of the base 10 blocks out. The students just grabbed their iPads and pulled out the pieces they needed right on the screen. Some people might argue the iPad is not tactile enough. Some students need the “real-life” objects for problems such as this. However, if that is the case just give the base 10 manipulatives to the one or two students that need it rather than having to get out the whole tub!

Tweetworthy for the Week

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4th grade explores text structure using some outside-the-box digital texts!

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