ERIC Number: ED477301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Differentiated Instruction. Fastback.
Smutny, Joan Franklin
This fastback presents the essentials for understanding how to differentiate instruction to meet the learning needs of all students in today's classrooms. It focuses on: "The Need for Differentiated Instruction" (determining learning needs, deciding what to differentiate, and principles of differentiated instruction); "Strategies for Differentiating Levels of Challenge and Complexity" (the learning environment, identifying curriculum essentials, working from student needs, stations, tiered activities, compacting, and flexible grouping); "Teaching to the Learning Styles" (understanding learning styles, using multiple intelligences to differentiate, creative teaching strategies, determining students' learning styles, and managing the process); and "Assessment Strategies for a Differentiated Classroom" (pre-assessment, observation, student portfolios, questioning and self-evaluation, and grading). The fastback concludes that a differentiated classroom can reach many more students in the education system by responding to their individual learning styles, abilities, disabilities, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cognitive Style, Creative Teaching, Curriculum Development, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Grading, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Multiple Intelligences, Portfolio Assessment, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Student Needs, Teaching Methods
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