Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom: How to Reach and Teach All Learners (Updated Anniversary Edition)

Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom: How to Reach and Teach All Learners (Updated Anniversary Edition)

by Diane Heacox

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575424163
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Edition description: Book with Digital Content
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 342,404
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Diane Heacox, Ed.D., is an associate professor of education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also actively serves as a consultant and professional development trainer for both public and private schools on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning. She presents regularly at numerous local, state, national, and international education conferences. She is currently the international facilitator for the Higher Education Network of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and chair of the Middle Level Division of the National Association for Gifted Children. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

List of Reproducible Pages

List of Figures

Foreword to This Anniversary Edition


Part 1 — Getting Ready

Chapter 1: What Is Differentiation?
Differentiated Instruction: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
You May Be Differentiating Already
Our Diverse Classrooms
What Do We Differentiate?
What Is the Teacher’s Role?
Questions and Answers About Differentiating Instruction
How Differentiated Is Your Classroom?

Chapter 2: Who Are Your Students?
Discovering Your Students
Finding Out What Students Know
The Importance of Knowing Your Students

Chapter 3: What Do You Teach?
Essential Questions
Unit Questions
Using Essential and Unit Questions to Differentiate Instruction 56
Choosing a Unit of Your Own
Mapping Your Curriculum

Part 2: Differentiation in Action

Chapter 4: How Do You Teach?
Planning for Challenge and Variety
Challenge: Bloom’s Levels of Thinking
Variety: Gardner’s Nine Ways of Thinking and Learning
How Differentiated Is Your Current Unit?
The Matrix Plan
A Sample Matrix Plan
Differentiating Your Unit Using a Matrix Plan
The Integration Matrix
Many Uses for Your Matrix

Chapter 5: What Do Students Need?
Flexible Instructional Grouping
Personalizing Learning with Flexible Grouping
Flexible Grouping at Exit Points
Flexible Grouping Compared with Other
Grouping Strategies
Questions and Answers About Flexible Grouping
Tips on Managing Flexible Groups
Student Independence and Flexible Groups

Chapter 6: What Do Students Need?
Tiered Assignments
Six Ways to Structure Tiered Assignments
Deciding When and How to Tier an Assignment
Guidelines for Designing Tiered Assignments
How to Organize Groups and Give Directions
Making Tiering Invisible

Chapter 7: What Do Students Need?
Pathways Plans
Project Menus
Challenge Centers

Chapter 8: What About Grading?
Establishing Quality Criteria for Differentiated
Grades Are Cumulative
Don’t Grade Everything
Grades = Rigor
Totally 10

Chapter 9: How Do You Manage Differentiation?
Preparing to Differentiate
Preparing Your Students and Classroom
Managing Student Work

Chapter 10: How Do You Differentiate for Special Populations? 
Differentiated Instruction and Special Needs Students
An Idea from Your Special Education
Other Differentiation Strategies for Special Needs
Differentiated Instruction for Gifted and Talented
Curriculum Compacting
Individual Planning
The Importance of Mentors

Final Thoughts: Teaching as a Creative Activity

Appendix A:Letter to Families

Appendix B:Differentiating Classroom Discussions
Using Classroom Questions to Differentiate Learning
Learning Dialogues

Appendix C: Content Catalysts, Processes, and Products (CCPP) Toolkit

References and Resources


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