PROGRAM PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT (10 Hours) LEVEL 3-4
Ann Tomlinson writes that “differentiation means giving students multiple options for taking in information.”(1999)
The foundation of differentiating instruction description:
Ongoing, formative assessment:
Teachers continually assess to identify students’ strengths and areas of need so they can meet students where they are and help them move forward.
Recognition of diverse learners:
The students we teach have diverse levels of expertise and experience with reading, writing, and thinking, problem solving, and speaking. Ongoing assessments enable teachers to develop differentiated lessons that meet every student’s needs.
Students collaborate in pairs and small groups whose membership changes as needed. Learning in groups enables students to engage in meaningful discussions and to observe and learn from one another.
The focus in classrooms that differentiate instruction is on issues and concepts rather than “the book” or the chapter. This encourages all students to explore big ideas and expand their understanding of key concepts.
Teachers offer students choice in their reading and writing experiences and in the tasks and projects they complete. By negotiating with students, teachers can create motivating assignments that meet students’ diverse needs and varied interests.
* Adapted from The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition, by Carol Ann Tomlinson