Wow, I loved this chapter!! Thank you, Marsha. I would love to meet you and share experiences. My goal at school this year has been to try to get my teachers to buy into differentiation of instruction. "NO TIME! NO TIME!" This is the common theme. Thank you for giving such quick practical suggestions that can be implemented in five minutes or fifty minutes, teacher's choice! For those of you who are not currently teaching, this course has been one of the most logical and practical that I have had. Start now making things for your future classrooms. I believe I remember one of my classmates used these ideas with their own children.
For me, the most beneficial part of the class was the assignments. I could go right back to my class the next day and I had something to do with the class that I knew was meaningful and beneficial to my students and me. The kids loved helping me with my "homework" and I think it served as an excellent example of being a lifelong learner…I feel much better about myself as a reading teacher and I know taking this class will help me better meet the needs of my students…I will definitely recommend ed2go and this instructor to others.
I really enjoyed this class. It confirmed a lot of Guided Reading Strategies that I already use, but taught me so much about Differentiated Instruction that I did not know. It was excellent and I will recommend this course to others. This instructor's class was tough but awesome! It really took effort, which it should.
This class was very helpful to me. I like the instructor's presentation and style. After reading the lesson I was encouraged and eager to try out new techniques with my students. I highly recommed this class to other teachers and would absolutely take another class with this instructor. Thank you!
This class provided me with many strategies and techniques I could use not only in my classroom, but for my children as well. It reiterated the importance of Bloom's Taxonomy and Gardner's multiple intelligence theory as well as many others. I enjoyed reading through and printing materials from the supplemental websites that the teacher recommended. It gave me great ideas to not only use in the classroom but also at home with my children. Thank you!
I really enjoyed this class. The instructor is a master teacher. Her writing and information were well planned and easy to follow. The examples given were easy to understand and relate to. It was an excellent experience.
Fabulous course! I have been teaching for 20 plus years and I still learned so much. Thank you!
The course answered the questions I had about improving my instruction of literature. Being an older teacher, I want to keep with the current teachings, and this class did just that.
I thought the instructor did a great job. Lots of good ideas!!
The instructor was well versed in strategies from K through 12. She had great suggestions for all student abilities.
Course Code: 4gr
In the first lesson, you will take a look at differentiated instruction combined with guided reading. You will discover how blending these techniques will aid you in building a balanced literary framework that will help your students negotiate a variety of texts with success. Then you will learn how to evaluate your students’ readiness, interests, learning profiles, and social elements. You will use this information to drive meaningful, focused instruction.
In this lesson, you will learn how to plan quality pre-, ongoing, and summative assessments that will give you a clear picture of student learning. This will allow you tell what is working and what isn’t so that you can adjust your teaching strategies as you go. Then you will look at flexible grouping, which is a mainstay of differentiated instruction. This technique will allow you to accommodate a diversity of students.
This lesson will teach you how to choose the right texts by developing an understanding of the criteria of good fiction and nonfiction texts. Then you will learn to prepare students before reading with activities that build anticipation and ground the text in prior learning. You will be amazed at the results.
In this lesson, you will learn how to teach students the right way to read, to comprehend what they’ve just read, and to make inferences. Then you will discover the after-reading framework, where you will teach students to turn information into ideas as they go beyond the text and into the world.
Explore tiering, which is a concept that helps you separate students based on their readiness, interests, or learning profiles. Then you will learn to anchor your students to the material they have learned by extending learning in new avenues. You will learn to do this through games, writing prompts, and many other fun creative activities.
In this last lesson, you will learn the basics of curriculum compacting, learning contracts, and individual projects. These strategies will help transition your students to independent readers. You will discover ways to encourage struggling readers and help parents extend the learning at home.
A veteran educator who has taught every grade but third, Marsha Spears has spent 35 years teaching students and training teachers. Spears earned a bachelor's and master's degree in educationaladministration with a specialty in curriculum and literacy development, training that would prepare her to take on the toughest of classrooms. And tough classrooms are where she made her mark, helping a wide variety of at-risk learners read with renewed confidence. Over the years, thousands of students and teachers have learned how easily they can incorporate Spears' reading techniques and activities into their daily routines.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
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.