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Differentiated Instruction

Build lessons, develop teaching materials, and vary your approach so that all students, regardless of where they are starting from, can learn content effectively, according to their needs.

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Enhancing Learning Through Differentiated Technology

Three tech tools -- SAS Curriculum Pathways, Newsela, and EDpuzzle -- can help differentiate instruction by showing where students are and offering appropriate formative assessment.

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Differentiation Is Just Too Difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part 3

Most teachers differentiate their instruction intuitively because not all students are the same. For those willing to commit to DI, the next step is intentional differentiation.

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100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.

3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

Teachers aiming to differentiate learning in their classroom can focus on content, process, and product in giving students opportunities to grow and shine as individuals.

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

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Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

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Science Shows Making Lessons Relevant Really Matters

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Students?

Computerized teachers and implanted knowledge are unlikely. Only a real human could fully grasp classroom mood and the nuanced learning needs of each student.

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Replacing Filler in Special Education Documents

Special education teachers can better serve their students by recording challenges and progress with accurate data, measurable goals, and explicit anecdotes.

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Starting Student Feedback Loops

A feedback loop is a process of checking for and affirming understanding that is specific, non-evaluative, manageable, and focused on a learning target.

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Teachers Are in Control: Myth-Busting DI, Part 4

Crafting meaningful choices for students engages them in learning and lightens the teacher's burden of appearing to be in complete control (which rarely works anyway).

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Personalizing Engagement: Checking In Before They Check Out

Through refocusing, clarifying instructions, and affirming progress, you can have a rich, deep impact on short- and long-term engagement one student at a time.

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Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD

Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.

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What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me

Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.

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Small Group Work With "I Choose"

When teachers began asking for time to work with students in small groups, Humboldt Elementary found the time for them.

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Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

Personalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate.

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Formative Assessment Is Transformational!

More than just numbers in a grade book, formative assessment practices can change how you teach, how your students learn, and how your classroom functions.

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Multiple Intelligences Thrive in Smartville

At the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, in Gainesville, Georgia, students know exactly how they are smart.

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5 Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem

Educational futurist Andrea Saveri describes five shifts in thinking and practice that will profoundly affect the big picture of teaching and learning.

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10 Big Ideas for Better Classrooms: Striving to Improve Public Education

Successful examples of key elements in improving public education, including Project-Based Learning, Technology Integration, Integrated Studies, Comprehensive Assessment, and Emotional Intelligence.

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6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process in Your Classroom

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick reflects on the fluid nature of student learning and how assessment needs to reflect that, and then suggests six strategies for enhancing depth of understanding.

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