Don't Be Scared to Differentiate
What is Differentiated Instruction
One Size Doesn't Fit All
I'm sure you already incorporate some of the aspects of differentiation in your classrooms everyday. Let this edition be a rich resource for you to explore, and spend some professional learning time navigating through. Challenge yourself to try one of the strategies below in your classroom this month.
As always, let me know if you would like to meet and collaborate on a lesson or unit of study.
"When one teaches, there are two learners."
So... how do I go about differentiating my classroom instruction?
The CONTENT refers to what students are learning. This includes your CCRS standards and essential skills/concepts for your particular discipline. As we plan our units of study, our learning targets can be crafted from using the KUD(Know, Understand, Do)(See graphic below)
The PROCESS is how you choose to deliver your instruction based on how a student learns best. This could include learning styles(visual, kinestetic, etc) and learning environments(partners, groups, one-on-one).(See resource below)
The PRODUCT is the end result of student learning. This demonstrates the evidence of learning and student understanding. This can be best delivered in the form of rubrics, learning menus(see video and other resources below), and student choice & voice.
**MORE SPOOKTACULAR STRATGIES** for Differentiation
Student Choice Boards-- Tic-Tac-Toe
This is one of many rubric maker websites available online. Click this button link to open.
TIERED INSTRUCTIONAL LEARNING TARGET EXAMPLES
1) Identify the major dates, battles, and figures in the Peloponnesian Wars.
2) Explain important strategies used in the wars and the resulting effects.
3) Compare the Peloponnesian Wars with events in world history today.
Hunger Games: I CAN...
1) Describe the novel's basic symbolism.
2) Explain direct correlations between the book and socialism/communism/etc
3) Discuss examples of current human behavior reflected in the book.
Pythagorean Theorem: I CAN...
1) Apply the formula to simple triangles.
2) Devise a real-life application of the formula and apply it.
3) Identify applications of the formula that are really used in the world of work.
Earth Science: I CAN...
1) Name the properties, composition, and structures of the atmosphere.
2) Explain the relationship of the heating of the atmosphere, the Coriolis Effect & global winds.
3) Construct a circle graph modeling the composition of the atmosphere.
Say "BOO" to Teaching in Isolation...
Be sure and share your learning!