About This Chapter
Differentiating Instruction in Content Areas - Chapter Summary
The practice of inclusion in public schools in the U.S. requires teachers to acknowledge the different learning styles of students in their classroom and to plan instruction that addresses these differences. The lessons contained in this chapter cover methods and approaches educators can take in developing and planning curricula for science, math, social studies and art.
These lessons are delivered by experienced educators who have worked in inclusive classrooms and applied the methods discussed. You will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson to determine if you fully understand the material or need further review.
How It Helps
- Outlines teaching strategies: Provides details about various instructional approaches you can take to see which works best for you.
- Defines key terms and processes: Increases your understanding of topics being discussed by identifying types of differentiated instruction and defining relevant terms.
- Focuses on student success: Applying differentiated instruction strategies can lead to improved academic performance from your students.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Explain various types of differentiated instruction styles
- Modify science and math lesson plans as needed
- Develop differentiated instruction plans for art and social studies
1. How to Differentiate Math Instruction
In today's diverse classrooms, teachers must differentiate their math instruction in order to meet the needs of a variety of learners. This lesson will explain the main principles of and strategies that support the differentiated math classroom.
2. Guided Math as Differentiated Instruction
Teaching math concepts to students at different levels of understanding can be challenging. This lesson defines guided math and differentiated instruction, and describes how to incorporate the concepts into classroom lessons.
3. Math Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities
All students need strategies to find success in math, including those with learning disabilities. What kind of strategies work best? Read on to find out.
4. Differentiated Instruction in Science
In this lesson, we'll explain what differentiated instruction is in science. We'll look at explicit strategies to differentiate content for a classroom of regular education students and students with mild to moderate disabilities.
5. Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Social Studies
In this lesson, teachers will learn some methods for differentiating instruction for students in social studies class. The strategies presented are applicable to a variety of age and grade levels, and they can be adapted to meet the needs of all learners.
6. Differentiated Instruction in Art
In this lesson, teachers will learn strategies for differentiating art instruction. The lesson will provide some tips that teachers can use for general education students as well as students with learning disabilities.
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Other chapters within the Special Education Curriculum Development course
- Learning Theories & Teaching Strategies
- Students with Individual Disabilities, Disorders & Impairments
- Planning Instruction for Special Education
- Instructional Strategies for Students with Special Needs
- Teaching Reading Comprehension & Fluency to Students with Special Needs
- Teaching Writing to Students with Special Needs
- Differentiating Instruction for Social Skills & Self-Management
- Assessment in Special Education
- Instructional Strategies with Assistive Technology