Teachers are keenly aware of their students’ learning differences and understand the challenge of addressing those differences in ways that benefit both individual learners and the class. Differentiated instruction is a way of thinking about the classroom that involves attending to individual and small-group needs while moving the whole class ahead in knowledge, understanding, and skill.
This two-day institute helps teachers to examine the basic principles of differentiation in light of educational neuroscience research and helps them make the most effective curricular, instructional, and assessment choices. Participants will examine how each of those key elements can be shaped for maximum student growth and how they work together to enhance learning.
Learn how to implement differentiation so that it achieves the desired result of shared responsibility between teacher and student.
After the completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Develop a framework for thinking about quality differentiation.
- Increase understanding of quality classroom practice regarding learning environment, curriculum, formative assessment, instruction, and classroom management.
- Understand the science behind teaching the best content in the best possible way.
- Increase competence and confidence in planning for differentiation.
- Develop Know/Understand/Do objectives that increase teacher and learner clarity about learning outcomes.
- Create pre- or formative assessments that align with learning goals.
- Use specific instructional strategies to address student readiness, interest, and/or learning profile.
- A Rationale for Differentiation
- Defining Differentiation and Understanding the Neuroscience
- Creating a Classroom Environment that Invites and Supports Learning
- Quality Curriculum in a Differentiated Classroom
- Instructional Strategies that Support Differentiation
- Managing a Differentiated Classroom
- Moving Ahead in Your Classroom