Introduction to Differentiated Classroom (02:03)
Ensuring that students are learning effectively and efficiently is challenging in a diverse classroom. Carol Ann Tomlinson's approach maximizes learning for students with varied needs.
What is Differentiated Instruction? (02:21)
Key concepts of differentiation include: learning environment, high quality curriculum, assessment, teaching adjustment, and leadership and management. This structure helps teachers think about who their students are and how they can help them learn.
Differentiation in the Classroom (03:45)
Differentiated instruction helps sixth grade math teacher Laura Smith meet the needs of each student. She creates an invitational learning environment where she shares ownership and responsibility with students, engages them with quality curriculum, and uses frequent, formative assessments to keep track of student progress.
KUDs - Introducing the Lesson (08:49)
A clear understanding of what students should know, understand, and be able to do helps teachers know what to teach and assess. Group work helps students strengthen knowledge. Routines allow teachers to manage education instead of behavior.
Group Work (02:43)
Based on pre-assessment data, Smith made a tiered lesson on volume with groups differentiated by readiness. She observes each group and asks questions.
Formative Assessment (06:26)
Hear explanations of pre-assessments and summative assessments. Formative assessments are formal and informal check-ins throughout a lesson. Smith listens to discussions, monitors work, and asks questions about finding the volume of a cube.
Making Connections (06:47)
Smith instructs groups to share their discoveries with the class. She asks questions and records the answers on the board.
Introducing the Lesson (03:55)
Seventh grade English teacher Sarah De Verges uses clear KUDS to plan a unit and lessons. She creates a positive learning environment, invites students to engage, and shares the responsibility of learning.
Literature Circles (03:42)
This instructional method is designed to bring together skills for reading literary texts and help De Verges differentiate groups. She conducts formative assessments while students are reading in groups and then gives feedback.
Independent Note Taking and Group Discussions (10:01)
Students think critically about their reading as they complete work for their assigned group role. De Verges provides ideas and challenges.
Concluding the Lesson (02:21)
Exit slips are an assessment tool that De Verges uses to measure how her students are meeting learning goals. Knowing each student individually is vital to differentiated learning.
Credits: The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of Secondary Learners (00:36)
Credits: The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of Secondary Learners
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