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22 Apr 14

This article describes several web-based tools and strategies that teachers and students at Forest Lake Elementary in South Carolina are using to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of their students.

22 Apr 14

In this blog post, the author describes the subtle differences between differentiated, personalized and adaptive learning. All strive to help students to be appropriately challenged and supported but adaptive learning is the newest trend which really utilizes technology to adapt to student responses so that they are presented with information and tasks targeted to their specific needs.

22 Apr 14

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham uses the term “Sweet Spot for Learning” to describe when students are working on a problem that is easy enough to be solve yet difficult enough to take some mental effort. He says that large classes and not enough differentiation in classrooms prevent students from experiencing that sweet spot as often as they should. This article explains how technology can be used to help more students spend more time hitting that “sweet spot.”

22 Apr 14

Differentiating with Learning Menus, you will observe how social studies teacher, Mary Vagenas, using learning menus with her students and gives them many options to demonstrate what they know in a way that is best suited to their personal learning style.

22 Apr 14

This chapter is an excerpt from Carol Tomlinson’s book, How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms. In this chapter, the author describes four categories of learning-profile factors, and provides several strategies that teachers can use to plan curriculum and instruction that fit individual learning needs.

22 Apr 14

Project-based learning naturally lends itself to differentiated instruction. This article reviews six strategies for differentiating that could be used during a PBL project.

22 Apr 14

(This is the second post in a two-part series on differentiation. You can see the first post, which includes responses from Carol Tomlinson and Rick Wormeli, here) I posed this question last week: "What is the best advice you can give to a teacher about differentiating instruction?" I've shared my response in an Ed Week Teacher article that I've co-authored with my colleague, Katie Hull Sypnieski. It's titled "The Five By Five Approach To Differentiation Success." Today's column includes commentaries from Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt and Daniel K. Weckstein, and from Megan Allen, as well as ones from readers Response...

22 Apr 14

In honor of the start of a new school year, I am sharing one of my popular posts again with you with a couple of new additions! On Monday I will begin my new job. As I've mentioned before, I will b...

22 Apr 14

Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

22 Apr 14

ASCD's Whole Child Initiative aims to “change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long term development and success of children.”

22 Apr 14

In this funny and engaging Ted Talk, “How to escape education's death valley” Sir Ken Robinson explains why schools in the United States need to make the effort to personalize learning for students to make sure they are supported and challenged so that they can meet their full potential.

22 Apr 14

The author stresses the importance of getting to know your students personally so that you can build a sense of community in your classroom and use your knowledge of your students personalities, likes, and interest to help tailor your lessons and activities to better meet their needs.

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