Differentiated Instruction : Differentiated Instruction David W. Dillard Objectives : Objectives Based on the information provided today, teachers will be able:
To define differentiated instruction
To implement differentiated instruction by overcoming obstacles and/or identifying current practices
List three strategies they have used or might use in their classroom
Find information and additional resources
(provided in handout) Definition I : Definition I Differentiated instruction is a process through which teachers enhance learning by matching student characteristics to instruction and assessment. Differentiated instruction allows all students to access the same classroom curriculum by providing entry points, learning tasks, and outcomes that are tailored to the students’ needs. Definition II : Definition II In differentiated classrooms, teachers begin where students are, not from the front of a curriculum guide. They accept and build upon the premise that learners differ in important ways. Thus, they also accept and act on the premise that teachers must be ready to engage students in instruction through different learning modalities by appealing to differing interests, and by using varied rates of instruction along with varied degrees of complexity. (Carol Ann Tomlinson) Definition III : Definition III In differentiated classrooms, teachers provide specific ways for each individual to learn as deeply as possible and as quickly as possible, without assuming one student's road map for learning is identical to anyone else's. These teachers believe that students should be held to high standards. They work to ensure that struggling, advanced, and in-between students think and work harder than they meant to; achieve more than they thought they could; and come to believe that learning involves effort, risk, and personal triumph.
(Carol Ann Tomlinson) Differentiated instructionFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : Differentiated instructionFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Differentiated instruction (sometimes referred to as differentiated learning) is a way of thinking about teaching and learning. It means using a variety of instructional strategies that address diverse student learning needs. It places students at the center of teaching and learning and student needs drive instructional planning. Differentiated instruction is a way to enhance learning for all students by engaging them in activities that respond to particular learning needs, strengths, and preferences. Differentiated instructionFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : Differentiated instructionFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The goals of differentiated instruction are to develop challenging and engaging tasks for each learner (from low-end learner to high-end learner). Instructional activities are flexible as well as based and evaluated on content, process and product. Teachers respond to students’ readiness, instructional needs, interests and learning preferences and provide opportunities for students to work in varied instructional formats. In a nutshell, a classroom that utilizes differentiated instruction is a learner-responsive, teacher-facilitated classroom where all students have the opportunity to meet curriculum foundational objectives. Lessons should be on inquiry based, problem solving based and project based instruction. Slide 8: Content: What the student needs to learn. The instructional concepts should be broad based, and all students should be given access to the same core content. However, the content’s complexity should be adapted to students’ learner profiles. Teachers can vary the presentation of content,( i.e., textbooks, lecture, demonstrations, taped texts) to best meet students’ needs. Carol Tomlinson, professor at the University of Virginia, identifies four classroom elements that can be differentiated: : Carol Tomlinson, professor at the University of Virginia, identifies four classroom elements that can be differentiated: Process: Activities in which the student engages to make sense of or master the content. Examples of differentiating process activities include scaffolding, flexible grouping, interest centers, manipulatives, varying the length of time for a student to master content, and encouraging an advanced learner to pursue a topic in greater depth. Carol Tomlinson, professor at the University of Virginia, identifies four classroom elements that can be differentiated: : Carol Tomlinson, professor at the University of Virginia, identifies four classroom elements that can be differentiated: Products: The culminating projects that ask students to apply and extend what they have learned. Products should provide students with different ways to demonstrate their knowledge as well as various levels of difficulty, group or individual work, and various means of scoring. Carol Tomlinson, professor at the University of Virginia, identifies four classroom elements that can be differentiated: : Carol Tomlinson, professor at the University of Virginia, identifies four classroom elements that can be differentiated: Learning Environment: The way the classroom works and feels. The differentiated classroom should include areas in which students can work quietly as well as collaborate with others, materials that reflect diverse cultures, and routines that allow students to get help when the teacher isn’t available (Tomlinson, 1995, 1999; Winebrenner, 1992, 1996). Obstacles : Obstacles I Long to return to the Good Old Days
I thought I was differentiating
I teach the way I was taught
I don’t know how
I have too much content to cover
I’m good at lecturing
I can’t see how I would grade all those different assignments
Kathie F. Nunley, Differentiating in the High School, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2006. Obstacles : Obstacles I thought differentiation was for the elementary school
I subscribe to ability grouping
I have real logistic issues
I want my classroom under control
I don’t know how to measure my student’s learning styles
I have neither the time nor the funding for all that
Kathie F. Nunley, Differentiating in the High School, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2006. Obstacles : Obstacles I’ve been teaching this way for years and it works
There’s no support for it at my school
My district requires me to follow a prescribed text
Parents expect lecture format in high school for college prep
The bottom line – if they are learning, you are teaching
Kathie F. Nunley, Differentiating in the High School, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2006. Response to: : Response to: Student readiness
Student learning style
Success for all students
What is practical and what is doable CRIME : CRIME Curriculum: content, difficulty, standards
Rules: explicit, implicit, written
Instruction: teaching style, individual & group work pace, teacher & student directed
Materials: textbooks, trade books, tests, homework, equipment, supplies
Environment: furniture, seating, space, doors, windows, barriers
Mary Anne Prater, “She Will Succeed!: Strategies for success in Inclusive Classrooms, Council for Exceptional Children SHE WILL SUCCEED : SHE WILL SUCCEED Mary Anne Prater, Council for Exceptional Children Key Guidelines for Differentiation : Key Guidelines for Differentiation All of you are already doing some differentiation
Take small steps to implement
Clarify key concepts and generalizations: note taking is critical
Use assessment as a teaching tool to extend rather than merely measure instruction
Emphasize critical and creative thinking as a goal in lesson design
Engaging all learners is essential
Provide a balance between teacher-assigned and student-selected tasks Slide 19: Strategies
Instruction Assessment : Assessment Informal and formative as opposed to summative
Classroom assessment is ongoing through personal communications:
Questioning: try to question all students – level the question to ability and aim at higher order thinking
Observation: move around the room, have a room chart and make notes
Observation II (class management): you should know when you have lost “them”
Discussion: with the whole class, group, or individual Classroom Assessments : Classroom Assessments You have their attention – (They have a pulse)
One-minute paper (what did the students learn)
Note-check – teacher and or peer
Three (???) questions you still have or would like clarified (collect and answer the next day)
The Muddiest Point
What’s the Principle/Process
Clickers -- eLearning
Questioning Classroom Assessments : Classroom Assessments Use a seating chart to log questions/responses
Can be as easy as +/-
Can be used for behavior/attention
Have students keep a response sheet to questions and collect/check at the end of the lesson/day
Clickers/eLearning automated responses
Thumbs up – thumbs down response to questions Questioning I : Questioning I Remember wait time
Provide at least three seconds of thinking time after a question and after a response
Allow individual thinking time, discussion with a partner, and then open up the class discussion
Ask "follow-ups" (Why? Do you agree? Can you elaborate?)
Tell me more. Can you give an example?
Withhold judgment Questioning II : Questioning II Respond to student answers in a non-evaluative fashion
Ask for summary (to promote active listening) "Could you please summarize John's point?"
Survey the class "How many people agree with the author's point of view?" ("thumbs up, thumbs down")
Allow for student calling "Richard, will you please call on someone else to respond?"
Play devil's advocate Questioning III : Questioning III Require students to defend their reasoning against different points of view
Ask students to "unpack their thinking"
"Describe how you arrived at your answer." ("think aloud")
Call on students randomly. Not just those with raised hands
Student questioning. Let the students develop their own questions.
Cue student responses. "There is not a single correct answer for this question. I want you to consider alternatives." Tiered Assignments : Tiered Assignments Designed to provide different levels of complexity, abstractness, and open-endedness. The curricular content and objective(s) are the same, but the process and/or product are varied according to the student’s level of readiness Interest Centers or Interest Groups : Interest Centers or Interest Groups Interest centers are set up so that learning experiences are directed toward a specific learner interest. Allowing students to choose a topic can be motivating to them. The teacher may select a variety of topics or areas that students or groups can select. Flexible Grouping : Flexible Grouping Students work as part of many different groups depending on the task and/or content.
Assigned by teacher
Chosen by students
Allows students to work with a wide variety of peers and keeps them from being labeled Learning Contracts : Learning Contracts An agreement between the student and the teacher (they may or may not be written, but written often works better)
Teacher specifies the necessary skills
Student identifies the methods for completing the task (there may or may not be debate on establishing and there may or may not be amendments)
Allows students to:
Work at an appropriate pace
Target their learning style
Helps students work independently
This is an excellent way for students to understand what is EXPECTED of them. Choice Boards : Choice Boards Organizers that contain a variety of activities
Students choose activities to complete as they learn a skill or develop a product
These may contain small groups, pairs, or individual assignments Differentiated Instructional Strategies I : Differentiated Instructional Strategies I Anchor Activities: are on-going assignments tied to the curriculum and for which students are accountable that can be worked on independently throughout a grading period or longer.
Allowing for multiple right answers: are open-ended assignments that focus on the process of solving the problem and/or critical thinking.
Adjusting questions: In class discussions, tests, and homework, teachers adjust the sorts of questions posed to learners based on their readiness, interests, and learning profiles.
Agendas: These are personalized lists of tasks that a student must complete in a specified time, usually two to three weeks. Student agendas throughout a class will have similar and dissimilar elements. The agendas can be personalized (e.g., include IEP tasks, more challenging work) for individual students, if needed. Students work individually (or in small groups) to complete the agenda tasks. Differentiated Instructional Strategies II : Differentiated Instructional Strategies II 4MAT: Teachers who use 4MAT plan instruction for each of four learning preferences over the course of several days on a given topic. Thus, some lessons focus on mastery, some on understanding, some on personal involvement, and some on synthesis. Each learner has a chance to approach the topic through preferred modes and also strengthen weaker areas.
Attention to social issues, real world experiences, and community projects: are performance assessment tasks, role-plays, simulations, etc. based on authentic situations of interest to students.
Centers: are flexible areas in the classroom that address variable learning needs. Centers differ from stations in that centers are distinct. Stations work in concert with one another. Two kinds of centers are particularly useful for differentiated instruction: learning centers and interest centers.
Chunking: is breaking assignments and activities into smaller, more manageable parts and providing more structured directions for each part. Differentiated Instructional Strategies III : Differentiated Instructional Strategies III Compacting: is a process that involves pre-assessing students, giving them credit for what they already know and allowing them to move ahead in the curriculum. Compressing the required curriculum into a shorter period of time so students who master it ahead of their classmates can use the time they "buy back" for other activities.
Emphasis on Thinking skills: giving students the opportunity to think aloud, discuss their thinking with their peers, and reflect on their thinking in journals.Developing student responsibility: giving the students opportunity to help develop the evaluation rubrics, write project proposals, and complete self and group evaluations.Flexible grouping: matching students to skill work by virtue of readiness, not with the assumption that all need the same task, computation skill, writing assignment, etc. Movement among groups is common, based on readiness on a given skill and growth in that skill.Flexible pacing: allowing for differences in the students' ability to master the curricula. Differentiated Instructional Strategies IV : Differentiated Instructional Strategies IV Goal setting and planning: involving students in their individual goal setting and the planning of learning activities, one to one with the teacher.Group investigation: working in cooperative mixed-ability groups on open-ended tasks or in like-ability groups working on appropriately challenging tasks. Usually the focus is on the process and thinking skills.Hands-on projects/activities: using manipulative to motivate instructions.High-level questions: questioning that draw on advanced levels of information, requiring leaps of understanding and challenging thinking.Independent study: providing students with the opportunity to work independently to investigate topics of interest to them. Differentiated Instructional Strategies V : Differentiated Instructional Strategies V Interdisciplinary/integrated curricula around a theme: thematic units, which make connections across multiple curricular areas.Interest centers: are designed to motivate students' exploration of topics for which they have a particular interest.Learning centers: are classroom areas that contain a collection of activities or materials designed to teach, reinforce, or extend a particular skill or concept.Learning contract: is a proposal made prior to beginning a project or unit in which the resources, steps toward completion, and evaluation criteria are agreed upon with the teacher.Portfolios: provide a means for helping teachers and parents reflect on student growth over time. These are collections of student work are excellent for helping children set appropriate learning goals and evaluating their own growth. Differentiated Instructional Strategies VI : Differentiated Instructional Strategies VI Problem-Based learning: placing students in the active role of solving problems in much the same way adult professionals perform their jobs. The teacher presents students with an unclear, complex problem. Students must seek additional information, define the problem, locate resources, make decisions about solutions, pose solution, communicate that solution to others, and assess the solution's effectiveness.Stations: are different spots in the classroom where students work on various tasks simultaneously. Stations work in concert with one another. Stations allow different students to work with different tasks. They invite flexible grouping because not all students need to go to all stations all the time or spend the same amount of time in each station.This page was created by Michael Szesze, Program Supervisor for Science.http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/science/instr/differstrategies.htm
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