Great course! I would definitely take another online course from this instructor, she was very helpful and her course was well written! I will be looking to take another course from Tracy!
Great course! Learned a lot of strategies that blended in with things I have done in the past. Instructor was prompt in answering questions. Learned a lot, Thanks.
I absolutely loved this course! It gave me lots of ideas to add to my classroom, as well as ways to increase the effectiveness of things I already do. Tracey's writing style was almost like having an online conversation with a teaching mentor. There were also plenty of links to keep me working for a long time!
I am a recent retiree now returning to the workforce at my dream job. I had not been in a classroom setting in a long time and the course and the instructor were exciting and informative. I never felt overwhelmed and I felt the teacher understood my challenges.
I felt the course was extremely beneficial to me. This year, I have 29 third graders who will learn at their level as a result of this class. Thank you so much!
I found the suggestions on how to implement DI strategies such as cubing, to be extremely helpful. This course was valuable in helping teachers to not only learn about DI, but to incorporate it into the classroom.
I found this class to be one of the most helpful of all the classes I have taken. The instructor breaks the lessons down and gives examples we can use in the classroom. It was great!
I greatly appreciated all of the practical ideas that I could take into my classroom right away. I also liked that the ideas were broken down by elementary, middle and high school. It was nice to see how strategies developed for higher grades could be modified for younger students. Great class!
I have been out of teaching for several years and I am looking to go back in the fall. This class gave me some good ideas to take into my new classroom.
I have enjoyed this course so much! You have inspired me to further my knowledge on this subject. I have accumulated such a wonderful resource and have suggested your course to many of my colleagues. I will definitely take your "Survival Kit for Teachers" course.
Course Code: 5di
In this first lesson, you will define what differentiated instruction is and the different avenues for implementing it in your classroom. You will examine the basics of differentiated instruction assessment. Then you will discover the power of teaching to multiple intelligences as you learn tried-and –true techniques to customize you lesson plans.
In this lesson you will learn some tips on integrating and extending scaffolding and guided practice in your classroom. You will learn to tie familiar learning processes to new material. Then you will learn to take flexible grouping and extend it across different grade levels and academic subjects. You will learn unique ways to group students based on readiness, natural abilities, and talents.
This lesson will show you how to group students into centers based on topics, subjects, or types of activities so you can focus like-minded learners on specific tasks. This will allow you to differentiate across the board, offering unique learning opportunities for all students in your class. Then you will discover cubing which is a writing activity that lets students explore topics from six distinct points of view.
This lesson will explore why WebQuests are so useful in the DI classroom. You will learn the best ways to find and use quality WebQuests. Then you will learn about a strategy that is an alternative to the traditional research paper called I-Search. This strategy allows students to pick a topic that interests them and do traditional and out in the world research to learn more.
In this lesson you will learn about RAFTS. This is a DI strategy where students assume different roles to approach reading and writing and then create unique products. Then you will learn about tiering, in this DI strategy you give students paralleled tasks at different levels of complexity. You will discover how to customize assignments at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
This lesson will show you how curriculum compaction will help you give different work to your advanced or GATE learners. Finally you will look at anchoring activities that will help direct your students on further productive activities when they are finished with regular classroom work.
As an educator who has worked with students as young as four and as old as 12, Tracey Birch started practicing Differentiated Instruction before the term was coined. After completing a master's degree in education, Birch taught in varied school settings, from private to public schools and across multiple grades. She currently serves as the Middle School Lead Teacher at a public junior high school.
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A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.