Student interests, varied teaching strategies and accountability all come into play when teaching adolescents how to read for meaning in any content area. The best way to differentiate reading instruction is to teach to your students’ strengths, and this book show you how to do that.
Educators are quick to point out that it’s easy to differentiate instruction if you teach English language arts. These helpful teachers are usually not English teachers themselves, so they feel excused from the differentiation conversation. Not anymore. Miki Murray shows how to differentiate in the K-8 math classroom. You’ll find sample lesson plans and great nuggets of inspiration to use in your classroom.
How do you know when you are on target with differentiation or a country mile away? This article goes a clear definition with examples and non-examples (think Frayer Square) of differentiated instruction. There’s even an infographic!
No where is the need to differentiate instruction like in special education, and Thomas Armstrong address this challenge in his book. He categorizes the types of needs (everything form learning disabilities to behavior challenges) and discusses how to innovate for academic success.
Pedagogy and theory are fine, but what happens when you have to put theory into practice? This book by, Jenifer Fox, has the kinds of practical lists, tips and resources that you can actually use in your classroom.
How many times have you poured yourself another cup of coffee and sighed because you knew it would be well past midnight when you finished planning your lessons? Reach for this user friendly book when planning lessons. Gale Gregory, the book’s author is a teacher who knows what it takes to plan lessons that address the needs of every child in the classroom.
Your curriculum guide is a map, and it’s probably a pretty good one. What you don’t have is a way to differentiate instruction in the classroom for all learners, and that’s where Carol Ann Tomlinson’s book comes in. Your classroom is likely to have students with extremely diverse abilities, and Tomlinson has experience in showing teachers how to differentiate so that all learners can access the content you have teach.
Looking for a quick read about differentiation? These six strategies can be used in any subject and any nearly grade level. I like the Shared Air Time, and of course, the Differentiated Rubrics (and why shouldn’t assessment be differentiated as well?).