You will begin with a knowledge quest. Use the provided web sites to explore and find the answers to the questions.
- What is a founding principle of differentiated instruction?
- This assumes several things. What are two assumptions of the founding principle?
- What is differentiated learning?
- What are three ways to differentiate in your classroom?
- What are three student characteristics can you use to differentiate?
Why do you think it is important to differentiate instruction in YOUR classroom?
Effective differentiated instruction starts with an effective lesson plan. To fully achieve the desired outcomes, one must begin with those outcomes. Two approaches foundational in differentiated planning include Essential Questions and the Backward Design approach. If you are unfamiliar with these principles, please take some time to familiarize yourself. You will be asked to use these approaches in your lesson plan format.
While many teachers are accustomed to essential questions and the backwards design approach, there may be those who are unfamiliar with these curriculum planning techniques.
Now that you have some understanding of what differentiated learning is, it is time to try and apply it toward a short lesson. For time and practicality sake, start with a lesson you can do in a day.
- Open a word document. Use the "hot list" to browse for ideas. Copy and paste the URL into the word document when you find a lesson that you are interested in using. Take your time and find several that you like before you begin to create your own lesson. Don't reinvent the wheel! Use someone else's good ideas, and mold them to your purposes. You should also use the handout provided as a resource for ideas. If you are already differentiating your instruction, try a new way. For example, if you currently tier several lessons or products, try another approach. Create a lesson that requires you to step outside of your standard operating procedure. Use this time to truly "develop" professionally.
When you are ready to begin, rewrite the lesson plan you brought with you.
Remember, your lesson must have clear objectives and outcomes before you can differentiate. Use an essential question to stimulate higher order thinking from your students and backwards planning from yourself.
Please use the template at the following link or your own computer generated document.
You have completed your lesson plan, now it's time to share your lesson with a partner in your department. Sharing includes verbalization of lesson, how it is differentiated, why it is differentiated that way, and what other lessons could be differentiated in the same way. Each person should come away from the discussion with at least two applicable lessons.
A resource to explore when you have time ARPS.