About This Chapter
Strategies for Differentiating Instruction - Chapter Summary
Review the lessons in this chapter to explore top strategies for continuously differentiating your instruction based on your students' needs. You can learn the following in the lessons:
- The meaning and uses of learning-focused strategies for teachers
- How tiered instruction is used in the classroom
- Ways to use the menu, cubing and Tic-Tac-Toe strategies to differentiate instruction
- Pros and cons of the Socratic method
- Uses of layered curriculum
The lessons are flexible, allowing you to watch them in any order or frequency that works for you. Take advantage of mobile features that let you to review the lessons from your computer, smartphone or tablet.
How It Helps
- Offers unique teaching strategies: The lessons in this chapter offer access to a large variety of unique teaching strategies that give you options as you learn how to differentiate your instruction.
- Provides adaptation tips and methods: Strategies not only give you alternative teaching methods to consider, but teach you when and how to apply these methods so you can easily adapt to your students' learning styles in the classroom.
- Strengthens instruction and learning: By taking advantage of the differentiated instruction tips and strategies in this chapter, you can strengthen both your teaching ability and your students' learning outcomes.
Once you've reviewed the lessons in this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Explain the meaning and uses of learning-focused strategies when developing curricula
- Discuss reasons and ways to tier lessons to accommodate students' learning needs
- Share the menu strategy and explain how it is used to differentiate instruction
- Describe how the cubing strategy helps students look at topics from six different angles and why it's a good way to differentiate instruction
- Provide details about the Tic-Tac-Toe strategy and how it can differentiate your instruction while helping students become more engaged in their learning
- Define the Socratic method and explain why it can be both effective and uncomfortable
- Detail why layered curriculum often benefits the mixed-ability classroom
1. Learning-Focused Strategies for Teachers
Learning-focused strategies help to guide teachers towards developing that quality curricula. This lesson will explain what learning-focused strategies are and give some tips on how to use them.
2. Tiered Instruction: Definition & Method
Teachers need to design and deliver instruction that meets the needs of all learners. One way to do this is by using tiered instruction. This lesson defines tiered instruction and describes how it is used in the classroom.
3. Using the Menu Strategy to Differentiate Instruction
Differentiation is an important strategy to use to ensure that all students can access information and activities. One strategy for differentiation, the menu strategy, is explored in this lesson.
4. Using the Cubing Strategy to Differentiate Instruction
The cubing method is a flexible and adaptive way to differentiate instruction. This lesson defines cubing and introduces ways to use it effectively in the classroom.
5. Using the Tic-Tac-Toe Strategy to Differentiate Instruction
Great teachers make sure to teach to all learning styles. One way to do this is to use a Tic-Tac-Toe board. This lesson will teach how to design and arrange tasks so all students have an opportunity to learn.
6. What Is the Socratic Method? Definition & Examples
This lesson discusses a style of teaching and learning known as the Socratic method. You'll consider what makes this approach effective and why it can sometimes be uncomfortable.
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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
- Managing Differentiated Classrooms
- Technology as an Instructional Tool
- Using Assessment to Inform Instruction