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Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom: Strategies and Tools for Responsive Teaching
Carol Ann Tomlinson
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About This Book
Each year, teachers welcome a new group of students to their classroom. And each year, the same thoughts pass through teachers’ minds: “What will this class be like? Am I a good enough teacher to reach every student, or will I fail some of them?”
Good teaching begins with good relationships and a passion for students and content that students can see, says differentiation pioneer Carol Ann Tomlinson. To truly engage learners, teachers must realize that how they teach is as important as what they teach. In this book, Tomlinson revisits her responsive teaching principles to examine how successful teachers handle the three interdependent elements of the differentiated classroom:
Using real-life stories, Tomlinson illustrates how teachers manage the interaction of these elements to create meaningful ties to each child. She explores both theory and practice, suggesting helpful strategies and routines and providing a collection of surveys, handouts, and guides that will help teachers organize their efforts and achieve their goals.
The promise of the differentiated classroom is the promise that every student will feel affirmed, engaged, and supported by the teacher. Although each student enters the classroom with different needs and experiences, Tomlinson shows that the proper response to such diversity helps students “discover the power of knowledge to reveal, amplify, and develop the best that is in them.”
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CAROL ANN TOMLINSON is Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia and was a public school teacher for 21 years. In 1974, she was chosen Virginia's Teacher of the Year. While working in public school, she taught in many differentiated classrooms and directed district-level programs for struggling and advanced learners. Today, as Co-Director of the University of Virginia Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, she works with an international community of educators committed to academically responsive classrooms.
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