Presentation on theme: "A Gate Tune-Up on Best Practices for Differentiation"— Presentation transcript:
1 A Gate Tune-Up on Best Practices for Differentiation Universal ThemesA Gate Tune-Up on Best Practices for Differentiation
2 Philosophy Behind Universal Themes Gate teachers are to take the core curriculum and look at ways to get greater depth.This means demanding more sophisticated thinking of your students.This is achieved by weaving connections to get a greater fabric of understanding.
3 Developing Greater Intellectual Depth The process to achieve this combines the use of universal themes, and knowledge of specific disciplines with complex thinking strategies.
5 How is Using a Universal Theme Different from Traditional Thematic Instruction?
6 Thematic InstructionIn thematic instruction the teacher develops a theme and makes the connections for the students.All this does is ask students to know the content and how it is related.
7 Interdisciplinary Thematic Instruction Students have a universal theme and what appear to disparate parts or pieces.They must apply knowledge in order to make connections.Often, this approach requires that students begin with the complex and work backward to connect to the simple concept.
8 ConnectionsWhen one steps back to view the knowledge, not from within the discipline, but from without, one sees that all the parts touch, overlap, and form a tapestry of interconnection.
9 Therein lies meaning for the child seeking order in a world which appears disjointed and chaotic. The true test of an individual’s intellect may not be in their ability to describe the uniqueness of a thing, but rather in their ability to state the commonalities that binds us all.
10 GeneralizationsIn making connections between seemingly disparate concepts, students begin to form generalizations.Thus, generalizations are the basis of connections.
11 Some Universal Themes and Generalizations Patterns1. Have segments that are repeated2. Allow for prediction3. Have eternal order4. Are enablersSystems1. Are many parts arranged into a unified whole2. A group of elements that work together3. Are manmade or natural
12 Change1.Can be natural or man-made2. Different kinds of change3. Is inevitable4. Necessary for growthConflict1. Composed of opposing forces2. Natural or man-made3. Intentional or unintentional4. May allow for synthesis and change
13 A Few Basic Generalizations __________are reciprocal and interdependent.__________is inevitable.__________can be natural or imposed.There are __________within__________.__________can be positive or negative.__________have structure and functions.
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