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Differentiated Instruction in the High School Classroom

Differentiated instruction has been a hot topic for elementary educators for years. But is it even possible to differentiate instruction in high school when the content is more complex and where college preparation is a must? It is . . . and this collection explains how it's doable.
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Differentiated Instruction in the High School Classroom
  • Mary Ann Steutermann says:
    This video is part of a five-part online course on "Teaching High School Students" by arguably the foremost expert on differentiation, Carol Ann Tomlinson. This three and a half minute video provides an explanation of the approach as a means of "responsive teaching." It provides the "why" behind differentiation, not specific strategies, so it provides a sound theoretical foundation for subsequent study.
  • Mary Ann Steutermann says:
    Too often, educators assume that differentiating means providing individualized instruction for every student. Subsequently, they give up in the face of such a daunting challenge. This white paper debunks that myth and provides common sense guidance on the role of standards and assessment, the need for diverse reading material, the use of flexible groupings, and the difference between daily lessons and culminating activities.
  • Mary Ann Steutermann says:
    This blog post provides a "starter kid" for the teacher wanting to begin efforts at differentiation without an enormous investment of time. It includes links to videos, blog posts, and other resources and contains practical advice from a classroom teacher who has done the work of culling numerous resources herself.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    18 Teacher-Tested Strategies for Differentiated Instruction

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    Mary Ann Steutermann says:
    Ready for more? This slide deck from Edutopia provides 18 strategies for how to structure differentiated learning in the high school classroom. Tips on using project-based assignments, interest surveys, various learning styles, student choice in activities, individualized feedback, and mini-lessons are provided, all in the words of the actual teachers who have used them successfully.
  • Mary Ann Steutermann says:
    This article provides further detail about six different ways to "tier" instruction, how to use learning "menus," implement a "cubing" strategy, layer curriculum, use the KUD (know, understand, do) approach, and apply technology appropriately. It also provides links to numerous great websites for further exploration.
  • Mary Ann Steutermann says:
    This 12-minute video from the Teaching Chanel was developed for new teachers but is applicable for veterans who are new to differentiation. It features conversations between a veteran educator and the new teacher he is mentoring and provides an explanation of "tiered" or "scaffolded" instruction. It provides guidance on how to teach the same concept with multiple levels of complexity by grouping students differently and apply varied ways to reach different learning styles.
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