What is differentiated instruction?

In a nut shell, differentiated instruction is a research-based approach to teaching that responds to the individual needs of students. All students can learn but truly “one size does not fit all” in today’s classroom. You will discover how using multiple approaches, strategies, tools and techniques can increase your students’ achievement. Expectations and standards must be high but still allow for a variety of ways in which students show what they know.  You will explore many effective ways to teach key content by changing the delivery to meet the needs of diverse learners. You will learn how to effectively differentiate by your content, the process you use and what you expect students to be able to know and do taking into account student readiness, interest and learning style. You’ll see how the group setting can be adjusted by whole group, flexible groups, partners or individual tasks to maximize student learning.

How will differentiated instruction maximize student learning?

Differentiated instruction can make an immediate difference in your classroom! Watch you students bloom when you teach in the way your students learn best. This highly practical seminar will help you understand and implement the concept by giving you strategies, tips, tools and techniques that are both highly effective and extremely practical. Specific strategies will help your students get organized, be accountable for results, compensate for difficulties and improve reading and math skills.  Effective tools for positive behavior and building self-confidence will also be included.  The focus is on high expectations and high standards for all students while differentiating instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. You will apply the DI concept in creating anchor activities, choice boards and tiered assignments. You will gain concrete tools for review, summarization and on-going assessment. During the day, you will create 10 models of ready-to-go tools to take back and use in your classroom. You will gain a wide variety of practical, proven strategies to use with all students from your highest achievers to kids in the middle to struggling students. Ideas suggested will apply across the grade levels and content areas. The strategies suggested are time-efficient for the teacher and highly effective for students.

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