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Best Practices at Tier 1: Daily Differentiation for Effective Instruction, Secondary / Edition 1

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Best Practices at Tier 1: Daily Differentiation for Effective Instruction, Secondary / Edition 1

Improve core instruction to ensure learning for all. Created specifically for grades 6–12, this book provides proven response to intervention strategies to differentiate instruction, engage students, increase success, and avoid additional interventions. Discover how to identify essential power standards to include in Tier 1 instruction, create a brain-friendly learning environment, shift instructional processes to support collaboration, and more.

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ISBN-13: 9781936763955
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 372,377
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors ix

Introduction 1

Understanding Response to Intervention 2

Recognizing Unrealized Potential 3

Identifying the Elements of Good Teaching 5

Using This Book 7

1 Shifting to Collaborative Core instruction 13

Reviewing Past Efforts to Improve Core Instruction 14

Synthesizing What We Know About Good Teaching 17

Harnessing the Power of Collaborative Teams 18

Leveraging the Power of Student Collaboration 22

Taking the Discussion Further 23

2 Creating Brain-Friendly Learning Environments 25

Maintaining a Safe and Secure Climate for Learning 26

Providing Relevant, Meaningful, and Engaging Instruction 34

Supporting the Social Brain 38

Utilizing Cooperative Group Learning 45

Getting Started and Getting Better 53

Taking the Discussion Further 55

3 Finding Each Student's Learning Sweet Spot 57

Teaching to Each Student's Learning Sweet Spot 58

Recognizing Learning Preferences 60

Leveraging Multiple Intelligences 61

Building a Student Profile 65

Targeting Specific Learning Needs 68

Helping Students Identify Their Own Learning Preferences and Needs 71

Keeping Students in Their Learning Zone 74

Taking the Discussion Further 76

4 Developing a Powerful Core Curriculum 79

Incorporating Essential Standards 81

Determining Success Criteria for Mastery 87

Integrating 21st Century Skills 95

Making Content Meaningful and Relevant 96

Employing Evidence-Based Best Practices 99

Concentrating the Core Curriculum 105

Taking the Discussion Further 110

5 Differentiating Instruction Through Pluralized Teaching Strategies 113

Moving From Traditional to Progressive Instructional Methods 114

Maximizing the Power of Technology 117

Using Multiple Approaches to Develop Student Vocabulary 121

Differentiating Instruction Through Learning Centers 125

Implementing a Mixed-Modality, Pluralized Pedagogy 129

Taking the Discussion Further 145

6 Using Data to Inform Instruction 147

Student Profiles 149

Prerequisite Screenings 150

Diagnostic Preassessments 152

Formative Assessments 154

Summative Assessments 164

Adjustments to Student Tasks, Groups, and Processes in Response to Assessment Data 165

A Commonsense Approach to Assessment 178

Taking the Discussion Further 179

7 Building Cognitive Rigor, Depth, and Complexity 181

Creating Rigorous Learning Environments and Tasks 183

Developing Students' Higher-Level Thinking Skills 186

Going Beyond Proficiency 195

Using Complex Texts and Text-Dependent Questions to Increase Instructional Rigor 197

Increasing Rigor Using 21st Century Skills 202

Taking the Discussion Further 207

Epilogue: Embracing the Journey 209

The Art of Teaching 209

The Journey Ahead 213

References and Resources 215

Index 231

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