Assessing learners current state How do you do this in your classrooms? What types of tools do you use to evaluate current knowledge, understanding?
Strategies for differentiating Readiness – their ability level Variety, variety, variety –Direct instruction, –group work, –collaborative, –self-directed, –guided practice Questioning Tiering activities/assignments
Differentiating Pace Peer teaching Variety of assignments/activities Learning contracts
Sample situations: Student displays exceptional grasp of course material, well-beyond readiness of the average learner. How can you personalize her learning?
Situation: Learner demonstrates a lack of interest in course material – assignments are submitted late, incomplete, below what you believe to be his performance level. What do you do?
Situation: After initial readiness assessment, learner displays significant gaps in knowledge required for current course. How do you address the situation?
Situation: Learner demonstrates learning disabilities – while contributions in class seem on par with other learners, assessment activities (tests and assignments) reveals learner is not grasping what is expected, or able to duplicate knowledge she demonstrates during class discussions. What do you do?
Journal How can you differentiate instruction for your learners in current courses?