Please join NEA for Differentiation in Action: A Quick Classroom Tour featuring Carol Tomlinson, Ed.D., on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 7:00pm (CDT).
Students in today’s classrooms are a stunningly diverse lot. They differ markedly in culture, language, exceptionality, entry points, interests, economic status, and availability of adult support systems. All of these factors clearly impact students’ learning success. Nonetheless, many of us continue to teach as if all of our students were essentially alike. Certainly one reason we cling to whole-class approaches is that we lack images of alternative ways to think about instructional planning. In this session, we’ll look inside some classrooms where teachers regularly differentiate instruction. Goals will be clarifying what differentiation is—and is not, identifying some strategies that support attention to students’ diverse learning needs, and providing important pointers on getting started (or continuing to grow) as student-focused teachers.