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Basics of Differentiated Instruction - Chapter Summary
This study resource helps you review the basic strategies behind differentiated instruction. Our expert instructors outline several instructional approaches, such as direct instruction, student-centered instruction, scaffolding instruction and more. You'll also learn how teachers, parents, caregivers and administrators can work together to ensure the success of students.
After you complete each lesson, you can take the accompanying self-assessment quiz to make sure you've fully understood the material. These lessons are available to study at any time of day or night, which allows you to review whenever it fits your schedule. After finishing these lessons, you should be able to:
- Outline effective classroom strategies
- Use differentiated instruction to adapt your students' learning environment
- Utilize concept maps
- Differentiate between direct instruction and discovery instruction
- Explain scaffolding instruction
- Assess strategies for direct instruction
- Evaluate the benefits of student-centered instruction
- Know how to involve parents and caregivers in their students' education
- Understand how administrators and teachers work together
1. What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies
We all learn new things every day, but how is 'learning' defined in educational psychology? This lesson covers the definition of learning, different types of learning, and discusses learning styles.
2. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students
Differentiated instruction is a great strategy that teachers use to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs. In this lesson, we discuss differentiated instruction and identify which aspects of the classroom can be differentiated.
3. Teachers' Beliefs & Differentiated Instruction
Everyone has beliefs about how the world works. But how do these belief systems impact the way teachers teach? In this lesson, we'll examine the impact that teacher mindset has on whether and how they differentiate instruction.
4. Using Concept Maps for Differentiated Instruction
Teachers use many tools, including concept maps, to differentiate instruction so that all students succeed and learn. This lesson explains what concept maps are, why they should be used, and how to use them in a classroom setting.
5. Direct Instruction & Discovery Instruction: Definition & Differences
Two of the most popular teaching strategies are direct instruction and discovery instruction, which are frequently discussed in contrast with each other. In this lesson, we define each type of instruction and discuss the differences between the two.
6. What Is Scaffolding Instruction?
Scaffolding instruction is an incredibly important technique to use when teaching. This lesson will introduce you to scaffolding and provide some examples to give a clear picture of this technique at work.
7. Direct Instruction Teaching Method: Definition, Examples & Strategies
Learn about direct instruction and how educators use it effectively in their classrooms. Explore strategies for using direct instruction, including what types of information and subjects it is best suited for.
8. Student-Centered Instruction: Definition, Origin & Benefits
Student-centered instruction is an effective method for teaching. This lesson explains what student-centered instruction is and details some of its benefits.
9. Involving Parents & Caregivers in Student Education
Educators know students are most successful when parents and caregivers are involved in their child's education. How can teachers and administrators engage parents? This lesson presents ways to provide varied and meaningful engagement.
10. How Teachers & Administrators Work Together
Teachers have many important relationships, including ones with school administrators. This lesson discusses this important association and identifies ways teachers and administrators can work together to improve student learning.
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Other chapters within the Education 104: Differentiated Instruction course
- Creating Differentiated Instruction Plans
- Student Profiles & Differentiated Instruction
- Adapting to Learner Needs
- Differentiating Instruction in the Classroom
- Techniques for Differentiating Instruction
- Using Assessments with Differentiated Instruction
- Student Motivation & Differentiated Instruction
- Using Technology as an Instructional Tool
- Studying for Education 104