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Ch 1: Understanding Differentiated Instruction

About This Chapter

Differentiated instruction is a unique teaching strategy designed to accommodate various learning needs. The lessons in this chapter delve into this new concept and provide tips that can help you adapt your classroom to this form of instruction.

Understanding Differentiated Instruction - Chapter Summary

Explore entertaining lessons to wrap your mind around differentiated instruction, while examining ways to create a classroom environment that accommodates this strategy. In this chapter, you can learn the following:

  • The definition of learning in educational psychology
  • How differentiated instruction is used to adapt the learning environment for students
  • Ways to develop and use concept maps to think and plan for effectively differentiated classrooms
  • Direct instruction vs. discovery instruction
  • Uses of scaffolding instruction
  • Strategies for using the direct instruction teaching method
  • The origin and benefits of student-centered instruction

Review the lessons at any frequency and in any sequence you'd prefer until you feel you've absorbed the concepts in this chapter. Explore them from your home computer, or on the go via your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

How It Helps

  • Offers a variety of teaching methods: This chapter gives you access to a variety of teaching methods to open your eyes to the plentiful options you have as you work to enhance your instructional environment.
  • Provides clear examples: As you explore the unique teaching methods covered in this chapter, you can access clear examples of each so you know how to apply those you choose to implement in your own classroom setting.
  • Students benefit: The purpose of differentiated instruction is to ensure you can accommodate unique learning needs, helping you create an atmosphere that truly benefits your students.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define learning, according to educational psychology, and identify types and styles of learning
  • Share the meaning of differentiated instruction and discuss how classrooms can be differentiated
  • Demonstrate how to develop and implement a concept map that helps plan for a differentiated classroom
  • Compare and contrast direct and discovery instruction
  • Discuss the importance and uses of scaffolding instruction
  • Explain how educators use the direct instruction teaching method in the classroom
  • Detail basic expectations of student-centered instruction and how it contributes to student learning and motivation

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding Differentiated Instruction
What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

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.

Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students

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.

Using Concept Maps for Differentiated Instruction

3. 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.

Direct Instruction & Discovery Instruction: Definition & Differences

4. 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.

What Is Scaffolding Instruction?

5. 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.

Direct Instruction Teaching Method: Definition, Examples & Strategies

6. 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.

Student-Centered Instruction: Definition, Origin & Benefits

7. 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.

Pros & Cons of Differentiated Instruction

8. Pros & Cons of Differentiated Instruction

This lesson will include a brief definition and examples of differentiated instruction. You will also learn some of the pros and cons of differentiated instruction.

Direct Instruction vs. Differentiated Instruction

9. Direct Instruction vs. Differentiated Instruction

In this lesson, teachers will learn about the difference between direct instruction and differentiated instruction. Specific examples will be used to demonstrate each instructional method.

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