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Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom

Differentiated instruction is becoming a mainstay in classrooms across the country as educators are starting to see the ways that the traditional classroom setting limits their ability to reach diverse learners.  In this course, you will discover DI strategies ranging from multiple intelligences to flexible grouping, cubing, WebQuests, I-Searches, tiering, anchoring activities, and interest centers.  Each lesson contains real world examples that will help you put these strategies to use in your own classroom.  You will explore integration across different subjects, grade levels, and learning profiles. 

This course is a must for today’s teachers who often have to differentiate quickly, and with a minimum of resources. 

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom Details + Objective

Course Code: 5di

You Will Learn
  • Learn what differentiated instruction is and learn practical strategies for implementation in your classroom
  • Discover tried-and-true techniques to customize your lesson plans
  • Learn to use integration strategies to extend across grade levels and academic subjects
  • Learn to create centers based on topics, subjects, or types of activities so you can focus like-minded learners on specific tasks
  • Discover differentiated instruction strategies for writing and reading
  • Learn to meet the needs of GATE students through a strategy called curriculum compacting
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Improve the learning and outcome of your students
  • Learn strategies to keep every student engaged and challenged
  • Create activities in your classroom that will meet the diverse needs of every student
Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom Outline
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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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. 

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.  

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Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom Instructors
Tracey Birch

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.

Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom Requirements / Prerequisites

Internet access, e-mail, and Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browser.

Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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