The Four Elements: Based on student readiness, interest and learning profile I will use to differentiate...
1) Content- what the student needs to know or how the student will gain access to information.
When writing lesson plans I present ideas through both auditory and and visual means. My lessons include: A Reteach and Extension: For lower and higher level learners.
|Visual and Audio Tour of the Solar System! Presented by Super Student Teacher.|
2) Process- activities in which the student engages in order to make sense of the content.
My favorite thing to incorporate is manipuletives or other hands-on supports for students. Using tiered activities and varying the length of time a student may need to complete a task is also a way I may choose to differentiate a lesson.
|Fabio Fractionelli InteractiveTri-fold: Students use different manipulatives to express fractions!|
Created and designed by Super Student Teacher for Grade Level 1.
3) Products- culminating projects that ask the student to rehearse, apply and extend what they have
Depending on the grade level: I enjoy giving students options of how to express the required learning (eg. create a puppet show, write a letter, create a mural). Allowing students to work alone or in small groups to complete a project. Providing rubrics to match and extend students' varied skill levels.
|Solar System Unit: Students had a choice to work in small group to create all 8 planets from the solar system...|
...and then measure their distances apart....
|Students could choose to work individually on creating their own planet including a written description of their planet.|