2 The fact that students differ may be inconvenient, but it is inescapable. Theodore Sizer
3 ThinkThink about one or two students you teach who have unique learning needs.What would those learners need in their classes to make it a great year?
4 ExamineWhich makes better sense to you: that you do most of the work in the classroom, or that students are the primary workers and thinkers?Does it seem more likely to you that everyone should always need the same book, math problem, or art lesson?
5 ExamineDo students all seem to learn in the same way or at the same pace?Do you learn more about students by talking to them or talking with them?Do learners care if they have choices about what and how to learn?
6 ExamineIs learning richer and more permanent when it’s rote or meaning based?Are we most motivated to grow when we try to reach our own ceilings or when the ceilings are someone else’s?
7 ExamineDo students become independent learners in classrooms where they are always told what to do OR do students become independent when teachers give them more responsibility for learning and teach them how to use the independence wisely?
8 Differentiated instruction is one set of goals….With multiple waysto get there.
9 What is an effective teacher of differentiated instruction? An effective teacher believes that all students can learn and can be successful.An effective teacher consciously creates a climate where all students feel included.An effective teacher believes that there is potential in each learner and commits to finding the key that will unlock that potential.Differentiated Instructional Strategies, Gayle Gregory
10 What can you differentiate? the content students learnthe assessment tools being usedthe performance tasks selectedthe instructional strategies used
11 Content Process Product what is to be learned and the materials through which it is accomplishedProcessactivities designed to use skills to make sense of ideas and informationProductvehicles which demonstrate and extend what has been learned
12 Readiness Interest Learning Profile the entry point of learning relative to a particular understanding or skillInterestcuriosity or passionLearning Profilehow we learn – shaped by intelligence preference, gender, culture, learning style
13 of Differentiated Instruction The Aimof Differentiated InstructionMaximize each student’s growth by meeting each student where he is and helping him to progress.