ERIC Number: ED451902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
How To Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms. 2nd Edition.
Tomlinson, Carol Ann
Noting that teachers in mixed-ability classrooms face multiple challenges at every grade level, this book provides guidance for teachers who are interested in creating learning environments that address the diversity typical of mixed-ability classrooms. The principles and strategies included can help teachers address a variety of learning profiles, interests, and readiness levels. The goal of the book is to help teachers determine what differentiated instruction is, why it is appropriate for all learners, how to begin to plan for it, and how to become comfortable enough with student differences to make school comfortable for each learner. Numerous practical examples assist teachers to use instructional strategies such as curriculum compacting, entry points, graphic organizers, contracts, and portfolios. The chapters are: (1) "What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Isn't"; (2) "The Rationale for Differentiated Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms"; (3) "The Role of the Teacher in a Differentiated Classroom"; (4) "The Learning Environment in a Differentiated Classroom"; (5) "A Look Inside Some Differentiated Classrooms"; (6) "Strategies for Managing a Differentiated Classroom"; (7) "Preparing Students and Parents for a Differentiated Classroom"; (8) "The How To's of Planning Lessons Differentiated by Readiness"; (9) "The How To's of Planning Lessons Differentiated by Interest"; (10) "The How To's of Planning Lessons Differentiated by Learning Profile"; (11) "Differentiating Content"; (12) "Differentiating Process"; (13) "Differentiating Products"; and (14)"Grading in a Differentiated Classroom." Appended is a table describing various instructional and management strategies and providing guidelines for their use. A list of resources for further reading completes the book. (Contains 41 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Diversity (Student), Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Grading, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Heterogeneous Grouping, Individual Differences, Learning Readiness, Lesson Plans, Parent School Relationship, Performance Contracts, Portfolio Assessment, Student Interests, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
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