Mentorship February 3, 2010
Goals: • Reconnect with one another. • Reflect on your successes, challenges and opportunities. • Dig deeper into differentiated instruction.
Find a Friend 3 o'clock partner - someone at your table who isn't your mentor or protégé 6 o'clock partner - someone in the same Division • division I - grades K-3 • division II - grades 4-6 • division III - grade 7-9 • division IV - grades 10-12 9 o'clock partner - someone you don't know 12 o'clock partner - someone who teaches a similar subject area
Differentiated instruction is a philosophy and an approach to teaching in which teachers and school communities actively work to support the learning of all students through strategic assessment, thoughtful planning and targeted, flexible instruction. Making a Difference: Meeting Diverse Learning Needs with Differentiated Instruction
Fairness is not everyone getting the same thing. It is when everyone gets what they need!
Strategies for DI • Know your students • Know your outcomes • Plan for assessment • Supporting different learners
1. Know your students • How do you get to know your students?
Developing Learner Profiles • How Am I Smart – Multiple Intelligences • http://projects.cbe.ab.ca/sss/cs/who_self-mult.asp • Learning Styles Quiz: • http://www.educationplanner.org/education_planner/discovering_article.asp?sponsor=2859&articleName=Learning_Styles_Quiz • Wiki: Differentiated Instruction – Making a Difference book
2. Know Your Outcomes • Big Ideas from the program of studies • Can be phrased as essential questions • Outcomes in student friendly language • Post in classroom, on assignments, on tests • Use as a warm up or reflection at the start or end of lessons • (adapted from abpd presentation)
Sharing Outcomes with Students • http://www.blackgold.ab.ca/Resources/AISI/Great/Teacher.htm
3. Plan for Assessment • Essential learnings and questions reflect expectations for student achievement • Use a variety of types of assessments • Performance tasks, tests, oral assessments, etc. • Assessments must be aligned with outcomes • Assessment tasks can also support DI • (adapted from abpd presentation)
Alberta Assessment Consortium Resource • www.aac.ab.ca • Username: • Password: • Unit Assessment Plans(grades 6-9 Social Studies) • Scaffolding for Student Success tools (we have a hardcopy book available for your school if you are interested- just email one of us) • New Performance Assessment Materials
4. Supporting Different Learners • Technology tools: • Free Text-to-speech tools: www.naturalreaders.com • Text-toMp3- Vozme: http://vozme.com/index.php?lang=en • Differentiated Products: www.readwritethink.org
Find 3 ideas • Classify them in terms of differentiation of • Content • Process • Product • Be ready to share with the large group