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1 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together PRESENTED BY: Quintin Robertson Superintendent of Student Services And Tracy Huckell Student Services Coordinator Differentiated Instruction We Belong | We Are Responsible We Nurture | We Respect | We Learn

2 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together  Who is our audience and what do they know regarding differentiated instruction?  With no fingers up representing no knowledge of differentiated instruction and 5 fingers representing a deep understanding of DI, what is your current level of understanding? Fist of Five Pre-Assessment

3 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Differentiated Instruction is…  First and foremost good instruction  Teachers acknowledging that kids learn in different ways, and responding by adapting their instruction based on student readiness, interests and considering how individual students learn best. “Children already come to us differentiated. It just makes sense that we would differentiate our instruction in response to them.” - Carol Ann Tomlinson

4 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together  Teachers providing specific ways for each student to learn as deeply and as quickly as possible, without assuming anyone’s road map for learning is identical to anyone else’s. “I like this class because there’s something different going on all the time. My other classes are like peanut butter for lunch every single day. This class, it’s like my teacher really knows how to cook. It’s like she runs a really good restaurant with a big menu and all.” 7 th grader comment on a course evaluation - Carol Ann Tomlinson Differentiated Instruction is…

5 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Carol Ann Tomlinson on Differentiated Instruction  “Differentiation addresses the needs of struggling and advanced learners, for those whom English is a second language, for students who have strong learning style preferences, and for cultural differences. Differentiation pays homage to the fact we are not born to be replicas of one another.” - Carol Ann Tomlinson

6 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together In a Differentiated Classroom you should see…  Teachers helping students understand the big ideas from the curriculum  Students who can explain what they are doing and why  Students setting goals and reflecting on them  Multiple ways for students to take in and explore ideas  Teachers using assessment to inform their instruction  Multiple ways of students showing what they know

7 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Key Elements of DI 1.Curriculum Cultivates Meaning  Teachers need to articulate to students what’s essential for all learners to know, understand and be able to do so students are clear on what they will be learning and how it connects to the world around them  Students need the opportunity to connect what they already know with the essentials they are trying to learn

8 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together 2.Teachers understand, appreciate, and attend to student differences  Needs of students with less developed readiness  Needs of advanced students  Teachers plan with student learning preferences in mind Key Elements of DI

9 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Key Elements of DI 3.Assessment and Instruction are Inseparable  Assessment is today’s means of understanding how to modify tomorrow’s instruction to meet students at their current level of understanding  At benchmark points in learning, such as the end of a chapter or unit, assessment is used formally to record student growth

10 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Key Elements of DI 4. Teachers and Students Collaborate in Learning In a differentiated classroom, the teacher is the leader. Like all effective leaders, they attend closely to their followers and involve them in the journey.  Classrooms are student centered…the students are the workers and the teacher coordinates time, space, materials, and activities  Students are frequently guided in making interested based learning choices

11 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Key Elements of DI 5.Teachers and Students work together flexibly  Flexible materials  Pacing  Groupings

12 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Key Elements of DI 6.Tasks that are Moderately Challenging Learning tasks must be adjusted to each student’s appropriate learning zone  Readiness level  Risks of too difficult vs. too easy

13 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Think Pair Share Turn to a partner (or two) and take a minute to discuss how differentiating instruction would benefit one of your children based on what you’ve learned so far

14 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Differentiated Instruction Visual

15 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Grade 1 Science Lesson Example Students working in groups practicing the concepts of classifying:  Some groups are classifying actual objects and other groups may be sorting picture cards that bear the object’s name to support early readers excited about their newly evolving skill  The teacher is differentiating through the use of varied materials and through different instructions based on the readiness of each group  This supports early readers in using their newly learned skills and when the groups share their work, non- readers will encounter examples of the object-word connection which is essential to learning to read

16 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Grade 4 Proofreading Center Example  Students refine their ability to detect and correct errors in punctuation, spelling and sentence structure at this center  The teacher provides written messages, often humorous, from characters in stories they are reading, people in current events, sports heroes, and other topics to engage students and appeal to their interests  The teacher varies the degree and types of errors depending on which students will be called to edit the writing piece  Students also leave their own writing in an ‘inbox’ so peers can help them polish their drafts. The teacher often asks particular students to edit certain papers based on the writer’s needs and the reviewer’s interest and proficiency in providing meaningful feedback

17 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Grade 10 French Example  Practicing the Formation of Past-tense verbs Lesson is differentiated based on readiness and degree of complexity:  One group of students may be working on pattern drills where much of the French sentence is provided and they have to supply the correct form of the past-tense French verb  A more proficient group has a similar activity but they encounter a greater number and complexity of missing words including a few irregular verbs  Yet another group may have the same sentences as the previous group, but the sentences are in English and they must translate them to French  A task that one group completes today may become the homework for a less-advanced group in the near future

18 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Grade 8 Physical Education Example Sometimes the whole class plays a game of volleyball; other times the teacher splits the class in half:  On one half of the gym, the teacher organizes volleyball game and has students who enjoy a leadership role refereeing  On the other half of the gym, he assembles groups of students needing work on a common skills such as setting, spiking, or receiving  Student in the groups for direct instruction vary often and widely. This allows the teacher to address student readiness and support students in mastery of skills.

19 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Formative Assessment 1.3 New things you learned about DI: 2.2 Things you still want to know: 3.1 Clarifying Question:

20 Building Our Future Together Building Our Future Together Thank You Thank you for joining us tonight to learn more about Differentiated Instruction This presentation and other resources/links on Differentiating Instruction can be found on our Student Services blog at:


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