The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners

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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Jan 1, 1999 - Education - 132 pages
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This book offers a solution to teachers who work with students of diverse backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests. The book describes a way of thinking about teaching and learning called differentiated instruction. Differentiated instruction means that teachers begin where students are rather than the front of a curriculum guide, and they accept and build upon the premise that learners differ in important ways. The 10 chapters focus on the following: (1) "What is a Differentiated Classroom?" (2) "Elements of Differentiation," (3) "Rethinking How We Do School--and for Whom," (4) "Learning Environments that Support Differentiated Instruction," (5) "Good Instruction as a Basis for Differentiated Teaching," (6) "Teachers at Work Building Differentiated Classrooms," (7)"Instructional Strategies that Support Differentiation," (8) "More Instructional Strategies to Support Differentiation," (9) "How Do Teachers Make it all Work?" and (10) "When Educational Leaders Seek Differentiated Classrooms." Three of the chapters describe actual lessons, units, and classrooms with differentiated instruction in action, examining elementary and secondary classrooms in nearly all subject areas to show how real teachers turn the challenge of differentiation into a reality. An appendix presents two models to guide differentiated instruction. (Contains 84 references.) (SM)

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Review: Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Need of All Learners

User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

This is a good resource for teachers - I gave it a 4 because the first part is more philosophical and hard to keep reading... then when the author gets into the practical application, the book became a helpful resource on differentiating in the classroom... a challenging task! Read full review

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User Review  - Anthony Hibbert - Goodreads

A classic in the area of teaching and learning. Still relevant and important for teachers. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Carol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor, Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy, and Co-director of the Institutes on Academic Diversity at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. Her university career follows a 20-year career as a public school teacher and a leader of district programs for both struggling and advanced learners. She and her colleagues developed a model for what we now call differentiated instruction in their work with heterogeneous 7th grade classrooms. Tomlinson was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974 and won an All-University Teaching Award in 1994. The author of more than 300 publications, she works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who want to create classrooms that are more responsive to a broad range of learners.

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