Rounds: Differentiation

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March 8, 2013 by sz

“One at a time; all at once.”

For our next round of Rounds our Focus Area will be differentiation.

We’ll be doing observations and debriefs period by period based on your prep. The schedule is below. Everyone is invited to observe. If you can’t fit an observation in during this schedule, feel free to observe at your leisure.

Period by Period observations

(Meet in the English Lounge at the beginning of the period)
1st Period: Monday, March 11
2nd Period: Tuesday, March 12
3rd Period: Wednesday, March 13
4th Period: Thursday, March 14
5th Period: Friday, March 15
6th Period: Tuesday, March 19

Dornbush and Taireh facilitated our lunch meeting where we discussed definitions of differentiation and how it might be observable in the classroom. We used Carol Tomlinson (2000) as a guideline:

Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction.    – “What is Differentiated Instruction?”

We discussed one way differentiation can be observed in the classroom is through Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences, but there are many strategies we use to tailor our instruction to our students’ needs. That’s what will be observing next week. We’d love to have you along!

More resources:

Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences (scroll to the last two pages)
Differentiation Videos
Decoding Differentiation

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