Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century

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Create a thriving, student-centered classroom with this powerful resource. The book guides teachers to develop a rigorous, concept-based curriculum that is differentiated for all learners across content areas, and to build students' thinking skills. Based on up-to-date research, the guide features dozens of figures and sample lessons. Digital Content includes all reproducible forms, many as customizable PDFs, and a PowerPoint presentation for professional development. 
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Editorial Reviews

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“Explains how teachers can organize learning for individual students in a way that will aid them in actively and successfully thinking their way through appropriately challenging content.”—Gifted Child Today

 “The clear writing, commonsense approaches, and suggestions and charts will give any teacher—new or seasoned—confidence and motivation.”—Judith Roseberry, consultant, past president of California Association for the Gifted

“An essential book for teachers in the current educational landscape.”—Felicia A. Dixon Ph.D., professor emerita of psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University

“Cash’s approach to differentiation is refreshing, authentic, and practical. He takes a complex philosophy and brings it alive through his writing. . . . This publication should be in the hands of all teachers K–16.”—Jaime A. Castellano, Ed.D., principal and coordinator of gifted education at Ganado Intermediate School in Ganado, Arizona, and author of Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students From Diverse Backgrounds

“Dr. Cash takes differentiated instruction to a new level of urgency and pedagogical quality . . . This book is a breath of fresh air.“—Scott J. Peters, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Educational Foundations, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater

“One of the most inspiring and practical books I’ve read in years . . . I was blown away by how useful all the chapters will be to our profession.”—Rick Wormeli, writer and teacher trainer, author of Fair Isn’t Always Equal, and Differentiation: From Planning to Practice

“This book is just what the field of education has been waiting for. In the maze of understanding and implementing differentiation, Richard’s incisiveness, experience, and original concept truly advance the reader into the twenty-first century. Richard writes with a clarity that appeals to both the novice and the seasoned educator. I’ve yet to read a more comprehensive teacher guide. Advancing Differentiation just moved to the top of my recommended list!”

—Jeff Danielian, teacher resource specialist, editor-in-chief of Teaching for High Potential, National Association for Gifted Children

“Richard Cash brings the fast pace of the 21st century into a commonsense classroom capsule . . . Teachers can dip into each chapter of this book and have a rich experience . . . the clarity of the information leads the reader quickly to setting up a more successful continuum of learning. It is a rare book that can lead you to new levels of thinking while giving you the basics.” —Patricia Rebarchik, director of Curriculum and Instruction, Hastings School District, Hastings, MN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575423579
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 200,822
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., is director of gifted programs for Bloomington Public Schools in Bloomington, Minnesota, having previously taught elementary, middle-grade, and graduate students for over 20 years. His areas of expertise are brain-based learning, differentiated instruction, and gifted education. He is a highly sought-after professional developer who has worked with schools throughout the United States and internationally. Richard lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Reproducible Pages




The Next Level of Differentiation
The Importance of Thinking Skills in Today’s World
About This Book and CD-ROM
How to Use This Book

Part One Taking Differentiation to the Next Level

Chapter 1: Defining How Differentiation Looks in Today’s Classroom

GT Stands for Good Teaching
Dispelling the Myths of Differentiated Instruction
Technology Use in the Differentiated Classroom

Chapter 2: Defining the Essentials of a Differentiated Curriculum

Skills for a New Century
A Hierarchy of Knowledge: Factual, Procedural, Conceptual
Four Steps to Defining the Essentials of Curriculum

Chapter 3: Advancing Differentiation to New Levels Through a Rigorous Curriculum 

What Is a Rigorous Curriculum?
Hallmarks of a Rigorous Curriculum:
Effective, Engaging, Exciting, Enriching (E4)
Infusing Rigor Into Your Curriculum

Chapter 4: Motivating and Engaging Learners

What Is Motivation?
Understanding How the Brain Learns
Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students
Using Assessment to Motivate and Engage

Chapter 5: Developing Student Self-Regulation

Self-Regulation Theory
Building Self-Regulation Through Goal Setting
Building Self-Regulation Through Mindset
The Student-Centered Classroom

Chapter 6: The Teaching and Learning Continuum: Building Success Through Autonomy

What Is the TLC?
Why Build Autonomy?
Framework Supporting the Teaching and Learning Continuum (TLC)
The Four Levels of the TLC Model
Assessment That Builds Autonomy
Part TwoPutting Thinking Skills to Use in the Classroom

Chapter 7: The Thinking Classroom

What Is Thinking?
Divergent Thinking vs. Convergent Thinking
Characteristics of a Thinking Student
Characteristics of a Thinking Classroom
Characteristics of a Thinking Curriculum
Methods for Developing Intellectually Disciplined Thinkers
General Strategies to Improve Student Thinking

Chapter 8: A Framework for Thinking: Digging Deeper into Bloom’s Taxonomy

A Brief Introduction to Bloom’s Taxonomy
Performing Automatically to Performing Consciously
Building on Bloom’s
Putting It All Together: The Digging Deeper Matrix (DDM)

Chapter 9: Critical Thinking: Developing Reasoned Thought

What Is Critical Thinking?
General Critical Thinking Strategies
Critical Thinking Strategies in Reading
Critical Thinking Strategies in Writing
Critical Thinking Strategies in Mathematics
Critical Thinking Strategies in Science
Seven Critical Questioning Strategies to Use Daily
Critical Thinking Tools

Chapter 10: Creative Thinking: Stepping Outside the Box

What Is Creative Thinking?
Characteristics of Creative Individuals
Creative Thinking Strategies
Creative Thinking Activities
Creative “Sponge” Activities
Additional Creative Activity Ideas
Building a Creative Classroom

Chapter 11: Problem Finding, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Characteristics of Effective Problem Finders, Problem Solvers, and Decision Makers
Finding Problems
Solving Problems
Decision Making

A Final Note: Pulling It All Together
References and Resources
About the Author

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