Why teachers should consider differentiated instruction

Neo LMS

They function the same from a physical point of view, they dress annoyingly the same (even when — or especially when — there’s no compulsory school uniform) they all have to learn almost the same things in school and they all use their brains to do that. Or what is to be learned.

#Flipclass Workflow: Differentiated Instruction

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Chatting this morning with Stacy Dawes on Voxer in the #ELA Flip group, we were discussing ways in which we can differentiate and diversify our instruction for students, especially those who are ESL/ELL immersed in mainstream classes. If all students are working with the same content, they will not know that they are receiving different versions of the same assessment or activity. Resources to assist that particular group of students can also be posted.

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Formative Assessment in Kindergarten

The CoolCatTeacher

Becky Holden talks about formative assessment in kindergarten. From notetaking on how knowledge is forming as students are learning to the importance of understanding a child’s learning path, Becky relates this topic to all ages as we discuss the best practices in formative assessment.

How Differentiating Instruction Helps Students Connect to Learning

Edsurge

I pay close attention to classroom solutions that can meet these students exactly where they are. I’ll never be back in a place like this again, because I’m closer to being ready for a job as a border patrol officer.” My colleague finished his email to me with this: “What we do MATTERS!” I pay close attention to classroom solutions that can meet these students exactly where they are. How to Navigate the Needs of (M)any Student(s) So All Paths Lead to Learning.

How to Eteach in a Covid-19 Pandemic

Ask a Tech Teacher

If your teaching has been moved online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, learn which webtools make online learning exciting for kids and easy for you in this class–starts March 23rd! Click to sign up. To enroll, click the link above and sign up. Click to view slideshow.

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MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review. Especially when they promise to help make your program more tailored to the individual, that I really like! As a teacher, the continuous progress monitoring makes formative instruction that much easier.

Learning Styles: Fact or Fiction? What This Decades-Old Theory Can Teach Us

Waterford

For over forty years, researchers have sought to classify how different students learn and what teachers can do to support them. Then, we’ll discuss how to best incorporate what the learning styles theory teaches about individualized learning in the classroom.

How to Differentiate Rigor and Assessment

MiddleWeb

The refreshingly clear way that Barbara Blackburn collects and presents best practices in her book on rigor and assessment should help teachers become more effective at providing well differentiated instruction in a positive classroom environment, writes Roy Palmer.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

So, what we have doesn’t seem to be working. So, what can we do to improve teacher professional development? This is a contribution to Cathy Rubin’s Global Search for Education Top Global Teacher Blogger’s Column. She read them to us.

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How to make time for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Last month, I had the privilege of observing a gathering of Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) districts in Concord, N.H. As such, performance assessments can take more time and expertise to grade than simple multiple-choice tests with one “right answer.”

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Formative Assessment and Differentiation

wwwatanabe

Formative assessment informs educators about student learning, and when done correctly, it also informs the students how to improve and move forward with their next goal. Teachers must know how to use that information to shape their instruction.

How to Make Standards Mastery Accessible to All

N2Y

Before many states adopted extended (accessible) educational standards for students with unique needs, we began developing differentiated materials to provide students with the ability to learn skills, demonstrate knowledge and raise the bar for educational expectations.

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

Edsurge

As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. Technology was also providing a surplus of real-time data we still weren’t sure how to best use.

How To "Amp Up" Your Traditional Lesson Planning in Today's Classrooms

Kleinspiration

If We Expect Students to Collaborate, Are WE Leading By Example? Granted, we (as educators) are pushing each other's thinking and offering ideas, but how are we taking our practice a step further and truly connecting with those who we collaborate with online?

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40 Sites/Apps to Learn how to Program or Code

Technology Tidbits

With that being said, more and more students are being introduce to coding and programming earlier then ever before. Best of all, new technology and apps makes it easier and easier for students to learn these useful skills. CodeCampKidz - A great way for students to learn live (i.e.

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How to Differentiate Teaching for the advancement of student Thinking Skills: Simplifying Approaches to Teaching & Learning Series (Part 5)

100mentors

This post is part of a 6-part series highlighting how we, as IB teachers, can bring Approaches to Teaching to our classroom and challenge students to engage in Approaches to Learning. We can’t turn a blind eye to this learning diversity in our classroom.

Real talk on how to make differentiation less time-consuming

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: Real teachers talk about differentiated teaching strategies that worked — and didn’t work — in their classrooms. Last season of the podcast, I introduced you to a new episode format I’m calling the Productivity Roundtable.

Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students

MindShift

All of this data can certainly be useful, helping us notice patterns we might not have seen without aggregating our numbers in some way, looking for gaps and dips and spikes, allowing us to figure out where we are strong and where we need help.

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30 Sites/Apps for Learning how to Program or Code

Technology Tidbits

With that being said, more and more students are being introduce to coding and programming earlier then ever before. Best of all, new technology and apps makes it easier and easier for students to learn these useful skills. CodeCampKidz - A great way for students to learn live (i.e.

36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

The CoolCatTeacher

and a Link to a Free Resource with More Tips From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. So many of these tools are new to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Haiku Learning is the tool I use to blend my classroom.

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Differentiation Simplified with Study.com

Ask a Tech Teacher

Today, I want to talk about Study.com’s emphasis on differentiation. When I first discovered Study.com, I was blown away by its unique approach to providing passionate learners with a college education that fit their lifestyle. What is differentiation? Assessments.

iPads in Students' Hands

wwwatanabe

How I see them used in the classrooms After Tony Vincent helped us get started, we''ve become more comfortable with using them, and we''re at the point where we were figuring out new ways to use them. How have you used iPads in your classroom?

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Grow a Learning Culture through Peer Coaching

wwwatanabe

Serving others through Peer Coaching With all the professional development needed to sustain one-to-one, PBL, 21st century learning, and individualized instruction, we turned to the Microsoft Peer Coaching model developed by the Peer-Ed team.

How to make math a key part of your ELL curriculum

eSchool News

Historically, English language learner (ELL) instruction has primarily focused on reading and writing. Classroom teachers often do not have the time to spend on individual math tutoring to bring each student up to proficiency.

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

Growing up, I received what was largely a one-size-fits-all education; as a result, I struggled to connect academically to this model. Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning.

New Hampshire testing pilot breaks the federal accountability mold

The Christensen Institute

Department of Education made a groundbreaking decision to allow four school systems in New Hampshire to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments. New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) pilot will allow locally managed assessments to count toward federal accountability requirements. A new approach to assessment sits at the fulcrum of any competency-based approach.

Effective Learning: Rigor, Engagement, Student-Centered Task, & Tech

wwwatanabe

Some questions and discussions to ponder about effective learning are found on this Lino It (seen below). It boils down to creating rigorous, authentic, engaging, student-centered tasks. Creating student-centered tasks If it''s a mini-lesson, I think about what the students could do to demonstrate their learning (evidence of learning), and this would become their task. I also try to consider Multiple Intelligences and 21st century learning skills.

One District's Journey From 'State of Emergency' to Student Success

Edsurge

Then Dr. Margaret Gilmore stepped in to lead a district-wide overhaul, and suddenly the story changed—for the better. EdSurge: How did you know where to begin such an immense district overhaul? What are some specific steps you’ve taken to improve teaching and learning?

Common Core: Addressing Text Complexity through Digital Resources

wwwatanabe

I frequently see people use the Internet to look up recipes, movie listings, and news; however, I still don''t see it as a natural source for engaging rigorous learning in the classroom. This is where teachers get to "teach" by providing guidance and scaffolding for the students.

169 Tech Tip #127: 12 Tips on Hard-to-teach Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

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Site Visit & Shift Happens

wwwatanabe

You see, all week long I indulged in PBL lessons such as STEM with GPS and students doing amazing projects, projects that I aspired to do when I was still in the classroom but hadn''t quite gotten there. So, when I arrived at the sites, I was expecting those "Oh My Gosh I wanna FB this to the world" type of lessons. The teachers were masters at differentiated instruction with technology. Often times, they would rotate to the next center when the timer would buzz.

10 Strategies to Strengthen Instruction and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

When I think back to my training to become a teacher, there were some reasonably consistent norms. I still can’t believe how much time and focus there was on how to manage a classroom effectively. As a realist, there is still value in direct instruction.

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

The post 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Did I actually title this 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom? 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom. Click To Tweet. Assess class performance.

From “Data Driven” to “Evidence Driven”

The Principal of Change

In my last post, “Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings” , I was reminded of how powerful comments are on a blog, and why blogging is a hugely powerful tool for not only sharing your learning, but learning from others. let’s make sure not to prioritize flash over substance.

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Increasing Student Participation During Zoom Synchronous Teaching Meetings

User Generated Education

Due to Coronavirus, many schools are moving online, and teaching through Zoom meetings. If it is only being used to present content to students, then why not just record videos and have students watch them on their own? To do online research about a given topic.