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differentiated instruction

Erin Funwela

Hello everybody,
I was wondering if your school districts are requiring you to differentiate instruction. Any tips on how you collaborate with your team would be great. Having time to plan seems to be the biggest issue. Any thought would be great!

Thanks,
Erin

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Thank you for all of these

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Thank you for all of these comments Finally, I have a beacon in the middle of the ocean I can reflect and practice my skills and immerse in differentation instruction please keep the ideas coming Thank u

I worked as a student teacher

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I worked as a student teacher last semester in WI. We worked with general education teachers closely. For Reading, we would work in the general education classrooms, dividing the students up in different groups. For spelling one general education teacher had spelling tests to meet the students need. she would use the writings from the students to create individualized spelling tests. The students would work in groups of two, giving each other the spelling tests. the other general education teacher had three different levels of spelling. He would call each group to the front and go over what they needed to know. For Math we divided the kids up into different groups. One teacher would work with one group, while the other would work with a different group. This is how we met the students needs, whether special educaiton or general education. It was a unique environment, but it worked well. Hope this helps.

Many teachers seem to believe

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Many teachers seem to believe differentiating is creating many different plans for their students. However there are many things that you probably already do in the classroom. Examples include reducing the number of problems or questions, or taking a project and tapering down the requirements for your lower level students. I have students who have any easier time completing work on the computer rather than writing on paper.
This too works well. Don’t stress, you are probably differentiating in your classroom more than you realize.

Differentiated Instruction is

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Differentiated Instruction is so much more than separating students into groups. That is only one way you can meet the needs of your students. The idea is to change the delivery of your lesson so all students can learn. You may have three levels of outcomes for the same concept.

Lori, special education teacher

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I not only have a degree in Special education but also have twin sons with special needs. I actually taught at school, during my student teaching in WI, and a general education teacher individualized all spelling tests. The tests were made for eah students needs in her classroom, for math and reading we broke into groups and within our groups we designed our lessons to help the students truly understand what they were reading, by including computer, etc. It was a great experience.

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I was supposed to do differentiated instruction with Emotional and Behavior disordered adolescents. I found it to be a waste of time and it created problems. Once the students are grouped, they know exactly what it means. Peer pressure made them all want to be in the independent reader group because of its prestige. No one wanted to be in the groups requiring myself or assistant's aid to get through a passage. As soon as the visit from downtown know it alls was over, I returned to one group and my assistant or myself pitched in with assistance as needed.

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I have never run into that yet, though I am sure I will. I was able to work in a district where all was integrated, we not only worked with students with Emotional Behavior disorders, but also worked with other students as well. We became everyone's teacher instead of just those students teacher, maybe that is what made a difference. In one classroom we read a novel as a class. When we did divide students up to work on parts of the book together we grouped them not by ability, but grouped students together of different abilities. In the situations I was involved in our students thrived. When we broke down in groups of ability, we read novels together in a group, using different techniques, and most students did not care. We made learning fun for them. In one case, we read a book entitled, the big wave.. the students did not understand some of the vocabulary, so I created a power point presentation on different words, such as cobbled streets, etc. It was amazing as other students wanted to read this book as well, which really boosted the moral of my students. If we had lower readers, which we did, we used different books and had fun activities for the students to do. Again, this was done in a very inclusive school environment where students with disabilities were truly integrated, which I think makes a huge difference.

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I want to add some thing to this. I once did a lesson plan on putting poetry to music. It was a very difficult task. I was amazed at how this progressed and my students worked together. I first picked the groups and realized it was not working, then I let the students sign up in groups. They really did a great job with working as a group, picking instruments, picking poetry and putting it all together. It was a fun unit, and we started by viewing Green Eggs and Ham on youtube.

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