3 Key Beliefs to Guide Your Instructional Practices

Nilmini Ratwatte-HenstridgeBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR:  3 key beliefs to guide your instructional practices include differentiation, accommodation, and modification. Build in structures to your instructional practices so students can have more opportunities for voice and choice. “Equity and Inclusion Just Got Better” Blog Reflection Questions: What is the one thing you will try to do in your classroom to make it inclusive? How does being … Read More

Using Differentiated Instruction to Teach a Novel

Kristen KoppersBlog, Differentiate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Introduce the author first, and let students know why they are reading this particular novel and what the background of the story is. Teach essential questions, themes, motifs, and symbolism ahead of time, especially with difficult texts. Include visual art with their reading. Allow students to differentiate their pace. Using differentiated instruction in the classroom does not have to be … Read More

One Size Does Not Fit All

Kristen KoppersBlog, Differentiate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Just like it’s impossible for one size of pants to fit all students, one way of teaching will not reach all students. In addition, teachers come from a variety of backgrounds themselves and naturally have different styles. Learn how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each student. The Perfect Pants The movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants … Read More

Learn HOW to Differentiate in Teaching

Kristen KoppersBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: Rather than modify assignments to differentiate instruction, change how we teach to ensure students understand the material. Not all students learn in the same way. We need to recognize when to change how we teach the lesson. We need to know our students and support them. With differentiated instruction, it is possible to meet the learning styles of all students. … Read More