Differentiation Lesson 7 and 8

Lesson 7

  • Set expectations for yourself and your students.
  • Provide clear and concise directions to students.
  • Students must know what you want them to understand and be able to do.
  • At the beginning of the school year, teach students routines and procedures for entering classroom, turning in homework and class work.
  • It is important that students know what they are doing, where to go, and when to go.
  • Take ample to time to plan; create a schedule if needed.

Lesson 8

Stay up-to-date on best practices by:

  • Attending conferences or professional development on differentiated instruction.
  • Observing other teachers in your content area differentiating in their classrooms, and invite colleagues/administrators who are proficient in differentiated instruction to your classroom to observe you differentiating.  The feedback is invaluable.
  • Read literature on differentiated instruction.  Here’s some examples of professional books:
    • The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Carol Ann Tomlinson
    • How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms by Carol Ann Tomlinson
    • Differentiated Instruction: Different Strategies for Different Learners by Char Forsten, Jim Grant and Betty Hollas

**Helpful and Useful Tips written by a Middle School Teacher, Kechia Williams

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