Teaching and Learning - Differentiated Instruction

PRSD Resource: 21st Century Learners: Differentiated Instruction Package

Alberta Education Resource: Making a Difference

Alberta Education Resource: L'inclusion en immersion

More detailed information for differentiating instruction for French immerison teachers can be found in L’inclusion en immersion, a practical guide to implementing differentiated instruction in the French immerison classroom.

Website: Differentiated Instruction for Reading

Website: Florida Center for Reading Research: Alternative Lesson Structures for Reading Instruction

Article: Promising Practices in Literacy in Alberta (2008) 

Website: Dare to Differentiate 

This wikispaces site is free to join and is a wealth of information on Differentiating Instruction (DI). In Background Information, you will find modules to learn about DI and scroll down to find an abundance of DI strategies to use in planning for you.

Website:  ReadWriteThink.org: Differentiating the Reading Experience for your Students Examples of strategies and lessons at different age levels.This strategy guide is brought to you from  the National Council of Teachers of English.

ArticleTier 1 Core Instructional Interventions

Powerful classroom instruction begins with the adoption and use of an evidence-based curriculum, but effective teachers do not simply teach such a program page-by-page in the same way for all students. Rather, they differentiate instruction, providing instruction designed to meet the specific needs of students in the class. Carolyn Denton of the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston describes how providing quality classroom reading instruction with certain research-validated characteristics can make a big difference for struggling readers.

Webinar: Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom - ASCD

The prospect of “managing” a classroom of young learners is daunting to most teachers at the outset of their careers. Over time, most teachers become at least somewhat more comfortable with “managing” students. Nonetheless, “classroom management” remains a key impediment to using differentiated instruction for many, if not most, teachers both veteran and novice. This webinar explored three critical questions that may inhibit teacher confidence in establishing classrooms that are flexible enough to attend to the range of learning needs of students in those classrooms.

  • What is the difference between leading students and managing them?
  • What are some steps in effectively leading students?
  • What are some strategies for managing the details required for effective and efficient differentiation?

Watch this webinar as a way of reflecting on your own classroom or classrooms in your school or district, and to strengthen your understanding of what it means to be both leader and a manager in a setting designed to address the learning needs of all students in the classroom.

WebinarBeyond Differentiation - Mastering the Principles of Great Teaching Series - ASCD

Are you bogged down trying to plan differentiated lessons to meet the diverse needs of all of your students? Learn how to create a customizable lesson plan that allows for differentiation without creating a lot of extra work for you. Take away strategies you can use to customize your own lessons so that one meets the diverse learning needs of all the students in your classroom. You can also find slides at Robyn Jackson's website Mindsteps Inc.

BookThe Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners 

Carol Ann Tomlinson - ASCD - Association for Supervision and Curriculum and Development 1999.

The very first line of defense, and the most critical factor in Response to Intervention (RTI), is the strengthening of Tier 1 instruction - or "shoring up the core." Differentiating Instruction is a non-negotiable and Carol Ann Tomlinson is the source. This site includes a book study guide and PD In Focus - an interactive Professional Learning platform. For the author's website, select the link above with the author's name.

Website: Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner of Harvard University has identified different kinds of intelligence we possess. This has particularly strong ramifications in the classroom, because if we can identify children's different strengths among these intelligences, we can accommodate different children more successfully according to their orientation to learning. Select links on the page to discover core characteristics of each intelligence, how  it may present in your students, how to support the student in your classroom, and technologies that stimulate these intelligences. It is worth your time to explore this site to understand more about how to support Multiple Intelligences in your classroom and school.

Website: CAST Lesson Builder       www.cast.org

The CAST Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Builder provides educators with models and tools to create and adapt lessons that increase access and participation in the general education curriculum for all students. This area of the site includes a link to the lesson exchange

WebsiteLD Online   www.ldonline.org

This site provides greate information on learning disabilities and resources for support.

Website:  Alberta Education: Inclusive Education Video Series site description for Alberta Education: Inclusive Education Video Series 2learn.ca  and 2includeme
This is Alberta Education’s new Inclusive Education Video Series, including Valuing All Students; Changing How We Talk about Disabilities; and Using A Positive Behaviour Approach to Support Learning. Each of the nine videos comes with a Conversation Guide. (site) 
http://education.alberta.ca/admin/supportingstudent/inclusiveedvide
oseries.aspx

Website:  Alberta Education: Inclusive Education Video Series site description for Alberta Education: Inclusive Education Video Series 2learn.ca  and 2includeme
This is Alberta Education’s new Inclusive Education Video Series, including Valuing All Students; Changing How We Talk about Disabilities; and Using A Positive Behaviour Approach to Support Learning. Each of the nine videos comes with a Conversation Guide. (site) 
http://education.alberta.ca/admin/supportingstudent/inclusiveedvide
oseries.aspx