About This Chapter
Managing Differentiated Classrooms - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you will be presented with the concept of a differentiated classroom and best practices for its management. Through reviewing these individual lessons and taking the interactive quizzes at the end of each, you should gain the skills necessary to implement a differentiated approach in your classroom. These lessons will teach you the importance of the following:
- Differentiating your classroom using four manageable steps
- Facilitating small group leadership and collaboration
- Determining the skill levels of students and ascertaining whether to use homogenous or heterogeneous groups
- Effective classroom management
- Rotation charts and group communication
How It Helps
- Provides examples: This chapter will explain numerous ways to employ differentiated classroom techniques by providing ideas, steps, and examples to follow.
- Defines pertinent concepts: Definitions of different methods you may utilize, including rotation charts and collaboration, will be explained in detail throughout this chapter.
- Teaches time management: The lessons in this chapter will teach you valuable methods to manage time and schedules in a differentiated classroom.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Differentiate your teaching style in your classroom based on four major steps
- Effectively facilitate small group instruction
- Identify when to divide students into homogenous or heterogeneous groups in your classroom
- Develop a rotation chart for classroom differentiation
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 Using Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom course
- Understanding Differentiated Instruction
- Principles of Differentiated Instruction
- Planning & Designing Differentiated Instruction
- Student Characteristics in Differentiated Instruction
- Strategies for Adapting to Learner Needs
- Strategies for Differentiating Instruction
- Technology as an Instructional Tool
- Using Assessment to Inform Instruction