How do you start personalizing instruction in your classroom? Do you use web resources, books, or ask colleagues? How do you get started? After a great professional development seminar, teachers can often think "OK, I get why personalizing instruction or differentiating instruction is important, but how do i make it happen in my class?" What's the best way to get going?
In order to help you get started, Jenifer Fox and I wrote a book for Jossey Bass- The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists- to help with that process. It's all about small tips and information to help you make your lessons and curriculum more responsive to your student's needs, and how to design assignments and assessments to make sure your students can show you all the really do know and have learned. It's available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and elsewhere. We also have a website with free bonus material at www.differentiatedinstruction.co.
The bonus material deals a lot with identifying each child's individual needs and understanding where they might be having trouble- whether it's a working memory problem, or a weakness in another area. We also cover tips for helping to develop higher order and critical thinking skills in your students. We also have additional resources and web links available, to help you find the information you need as quickly and easily as possible.
This certainly is not the only resource out there- what have you used and what do you find most helpful? I'd love to get your feedback on the website, book and how you have gotten started with personalizing learning for your students.
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