So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation

So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation

by John McCarthy

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How do we educate so all can learn? What does differentiation look like when done successfully? This practical guide to differentiation answers these questions and more. Based on national and international work, McCarthy shares how educators finally understand how differentiation can work. Bridging pedagogy and practice, each chapter addresses a key understanding for how good teaching practices can include differentiation with examples and concrete methods and strategies. The book is constructed to differentiate for diverse educators: veteran of many years to the pre-service teacher, classroom teacher leader to administrator as instructional leader, and coaches for staff professional development: ·Presents common language for staff discussing learner needs. ·Provides structures for designing powerful learning experiences so all can learn. ·Includes chapter reflection questions and job-embedded tasks to help readers process and practice what they learn. ·Explore a supporting website with companion resources. All learners deserve growth. All teachers and administrators deserve methods and practices that helps them to meet learner needs in an ever challenging education environment. Take this journey so all can learn.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475825718
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 71,836
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John McCarthy consults and coaches educators internationally on innovative practices that support student voice, with Differentiation a core principle. Starting out as a high school teacher, and later an adjunct professor, McCarthy has taught and witnessed learning in many settings—urban to rural communities, areas of high affluence to entrenched poverty, and cultures with a fixed mindset to havens of innovation in some of the most surprising locations.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Syndee Malek Introduction Chapter 1: What is Differentiation, Really? The Challenge and Promise of Differentiation Lens on Learning The Differentiation Relationship The “Real” Differentiation Relationship Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflections Chapter 2: Differentiation Can Be Done Well The Dorothy Principle Making Differentiation Visible Assistance When Lesson Plans Run into Students Crossroad Lessons Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflection Chapter 3: Assessments Matter: making learning specific and realistic Assessment for Learning Formative Assessment Cycle (FAC) Finding Time Multiple Ways to Demonstrate Learning Eliminating Assessment Fog Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflection Chapter 4: Informative Assessments for The Whole Learner Learning In and Out of Airplane Mode Choice-Based Strategies The Whole Student: Four Data Paths that influence Learning Fair is not always Equal: 4 Pathways Merge into One Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflection Chapter 5: The Truth about Differentiated Instruction 1. Differentiation is Too Difficult 2. There is not enough time to differentiate 3. The curriculum is over packed 4. Need to prepare for the high-stakes tests by covering all the material 5. Crowded classrooms makes differentiation too difficult Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflection Chapter 6: Learner Voice Matters The Realms of Differentiation Learner Voice over Student Choice Letting Go of Control Eliminating Airplane Mode in Education – Part Two Teacher Growth-Mindset Leads to Learner Voice Creating a Culture for Student Voice Pedagogical Needs for Student Voice Practical Support of Student Voice Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflection Chapter 7: Differentiation in Practice: Readiness for ALL Readiness Guidelines Teaching Readiness through Content Teaching Readiness through Process Teaching Readiness through Products Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflection Chapter 8: Differentiation in Practice: Interests for ALL Interests Guidelines Teaching Interests through Content Teaching Interests through Processes Teaching Interests through Products Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflection Chapter 9: Differentiation in Practice: Learning Preferences for ALL Learning Preferences Guidelines Learning Profile Cards Teaching Learning Preferences through Content Teaching Learning Preferences through Processes Teaching Learning Preferences through Products Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflection Appendix: Differentiation and Research The Differentiation Lens Final Thoughts Invitations to Reflection Acknowledgments About the Author

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