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ERIC Number: EJ752246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
11 Practical Ways to Guide Teachers toward Differentiation (and an Evaluation Tool)
Chapman, Carolyn; King, Rita
Journal of Staff Development, v26 n4 p20-25 Fall 2005
Differentiated instruction adapts learning to the students' unique differences. It focuses on the diverse needs of the individual learners. It is stated, that the first step in developing a differentiated instructional program is to provide an introduction to the philosophy and an overview of the benefits for learners. After the introductory phase, teachers need to identify existing practices that effectively differentiate instruction. Lastly, teachers engage in reflection and discussion. The author presents and discusses 11 practical ways to guide teachers toward differentiation. These are: (1) know the standards; (2) vary instructional strategies and activities; (3) create learning climate; (4) exhibit "withitness"; (5) provide a wide variety of materials and resources; (6) know the students; (7) assess before, during, and after the learning; (8) adjust assignments; (9) plan students-focused opportunities; (10) use flexible grouping designs; and (11) know change is gradual. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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