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Teachers have been trying to meet the individual needs of students for a long time, according to this survey of education reaching back to the 19th century. more
ASCD held a briefing on Capitol Hill in July for educators and the staffs of congressional offices about how teachers and school leaders can foster and measure teacher effectiveness through federal policies and existing professional development activities.
2009 Conference on Teaching and Learning, October 30–November 1, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Research shows that homework that's well structured to ensure completion helps academic achievement. How does one kind of homework work better than others? This issue will look at the essential elements of well-designed homework and offer tips for varying homework to address different learning needs and objectives.
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Classrooms are composed of students with a wide range of conditions: various learning problems, different levels of English proficiency, divergent interests, a range of skill levels, and unique learning needs without a label. How can teachers face the challenge of serving this variety of student learning needs?
This issue of ASCD Express helps demystify differentiated instruction (DI), the art and practice of understanding each student and tailoring content, learning processes, and products to maximize student learning. Practical tips will help you get started and manage a DI classroom.
The Withit Factor for Good DI
Managing differentiated lessons gets easier if teachers can develop their sixth sense of monitoring students, or what some researchers call being "withit."
Teachers starting out in differentiated instruction should keep seven important points in mind, according to educator Jennifer Geoffroy. more
DI expert Carol Ann Tomlinson admits that differentiating instruction isn't easy. But when teachers determine to motivate and reach each child, discovering and doing give the classroom life and equity and excellence become attainable. more
Nonnegotiables of Differentiated Instruction: Respectful Tasks
Respectful tasks appropriately challenge students and keep them motivated to learn.
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What Differentiated Instruction Is, and What It Most Certainly Is Not
Teacher Sarah Sacco learned that differentiation in the classroom is a lot more systematic than allowing students choice on assignments. more
Connecting Differentiated Instruction, Understanding by Design, and What Works in Schools: An Exploration of Research-Based Strategies
This DVD features the experts behind three leading approaches to school improvement as they explain how their programs can work together to help schools.
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