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Differentiating Instruction in the Classroom - Chapter Summary
These lessons help you review several instructional styles, methods, tools and techniques for differentiated instruction. Our instructors explain how teachers can manage differentiated classrooms, use rotation charts and apply flexible grouping in their classrooms. You can check your understanding of these differentiated instruction concepts by taking the included self-assessment quizzes that follow each lesson. Our instructors are also available to answer any questions you may have. After finishing the chapter's lessons, you should be able to:
- Identify individual and whole-class learning tools
- Tailor instruction based on data
- Use flexible grouping within the classroom
- Apply differentiating instruction as a way to engage students
- Assess the benefits of class collaboration
- Outline the steps needed to properly implement differentiated instruction
- Explain small group and collaboration instructional techniques
- Understand how skill-based groupings can facilitate student learning
- Manage schedules and activities in a differentiated classroom
- Develop and implement rotation charts for small groups
1. Tools Used in Individual & Whole-Class Learning
Teachers use a wide range of tools to educate students - from materials, like white boards, to creative use of time. This lesson outlines these tools and explains how they're used in both whole-class and individual learning.
2. Using Data to Inform Instruction
This lesson highlights how data is used to improve student achievement through instruction, assessment, analysis, and re-teaching. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.
3. Incorporating Flexible Grouping in the Classroom
One of the most common ways to differentiate instruction to meet student needs is through flexible grouping. This lesson defines flexible grouping and details several ways you can incorporate it into your classroom.
4. Differentiating Instruction to Engage Students of All Levels
Differentiation is a tool teachers can use to help all students succeed and using instructional strategies to engage students on every level. This lesson explains how to make sure all students have opportunities to be challenged and engaged.
5. Benefits of Collaboration in the Classroom
Collaboration in the classroom benefits teachers and students alike. It's well worth the challenges and resources that it requires. This lesson discusses some of the important benefits of classroom collaboration.
6. Steps in Implementing Differentiated Instruction
Successful teachers make sure all students' needs are being met. How can teachers differentiate? This lesson outlines the four major steps teachers can take to implement differentiation in their classroom and gives examples of each.
7. Techniques for Collaboration & Small Group Instruction
Meeting with small groups is one way to make sure all students learn. This lesson defines collaboration and small group instruction and shows how to use these techniques in the classroom.
8. Skill-Based Grouping for Student Learning
Teachers can differentiate instruction by grouping students. This lesson explores criteria that can be used to group students and gives examples of how grouping is used in the classroom.
9. How to Manage a Differentiated Classroom
Differentiated instruction is a method teachers use to make sure all students learn. This lesson shows you how to manage aspects of a differentiated classroom, so you can spend more time on students and less time organizing.
10. Creating & Using Rotation Charts for Small Group Learning
In order to have a small group system in your classroom that runs smoothly and efficiently, you're going to need a rotation chart that facilitates learning. This lesson will detail how to create and use a rotation chart in your classroom.
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Other chapters within the Education 104: Differentiated Instruction course
- Basics of Differentiated Instruction
- Creating Differentiated Instruction Plans
- Student Profiles & Differentiated Instruction
- Adapting to Learner Needs
- Techniques for Differentiating Instruction
- Using Assessments with Differentiated Instruction
- Student Motivation & Differentiated Instruction
- Using Technology as an Instructional Tool
- Studying for Education 104