Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century

Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century

by Richard M. Cash
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Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
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Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century

This advanced teacher’s guide offers a full range of strategies to differentiate instruction to build unique thinking and learning skills required of today’s students. More than an introductory manual for differentiation, this book is a “next step” instrument to help K–12 teachers:
• integrate resilient thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills into any content area
• build achievement motivation and student self-regulation
• set new roles for learner and instructor that encourage learning autonomy
• utilize revolutionary techniques for designing rigorous curriculum
• inspire young people’s passion and creativity
• create a thriving 21st-century classroom

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575423579
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Edition description: Book with Digital Content
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,314,341
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

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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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