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USING DIFFERENTIATED TEACHING STRATEGIES

to Increase the Academic Success of Every Student (Grades 6-12)

Presented by Larry Lewin
Outstanding Teacher, Author and Teacher Trainer

Specifically Designed for Secondary Teachers Serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Gifted Education Teachers, Special Education Staff, ESL Teachers, and Administrators

  • Innovative ways to differentiate your lessons and assignments to account for diverse levels of students’ readiness, interests and learning styles
  • Practical, “doable” strategies to increase the achievement of each student – from the struggling student to the high achiever
  • Practical, timesaving management strategies for more effectively and reasonably incorporating differentiated instruction into your existing classroom program
  • More effectively differentiate instruction through the use of scaffolding, tiered assignments, critical thinking, flexible grouping, student choice, multi-modal outputs, “anchor activities,” and a host of other strategies

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In today’s highly diverse middle school, junior high and high school classrooms, how can we provide instruction that maximizes success for each student while providing the appropriate level of challenge for the struggling student as well as the high achiever? How can a busy teacher incorporate differentiated teaching principles into one’s instructional practices? With changing populations of students, how can we ensure that all students acquire the key concepts and skills we are teaching through varied activities and assignments that account for individual interests and motivation?
If you are searching for practical answers to these questions, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss. In this outstanding seminar, Larry Lewin, experienced secondary teacher, presenter and author, will present the key elements of differentiated instruction teaching as they apply specifically to instruction in grades 6-12. Throughout the seminar, Larry will demonstrate a variety of practical teaching strategies designed to help each of your students achieve maximum academic success.
 You’ll leave this seminar with practical and innovative teaching strategies to enhance your differentiated instruction and an extensive resource handbook to help you put these ideas to work immediately in your own classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Increase Achievement of Every Student Through Differentiated Teaching Strategies
    Learn the four key principles of differentiation for more effectively teaching to the diverse student levels and interests in your secondary classroom and discover how you already may be differentiating
  2. Use Flexible Grouping Strategies to Enhance Your Instruction
    Know the basic guidelines for temporary, flexible student work groups and learn new configurations – to economize your instruction and enhance student learning – based on student choice, student need, student strengths, or simply at random
  3. Provide Appropriate Challenges for Each Student – From the Struggling Student to the High Achiever
    Learn practical, doable ways to modify your instruction and student assignments so that each student experiences success and appropriate challenge
  4. Acquire Timesaving Management Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom
    Learn a variety of proven timesaving tips . . . Management techniques and strategies that will enable you to more effectively and efficiently incorporate differentiated instruction into your existing classroom program
  5. Utilize Tiered Instruction to Help ALL Students Understand Essential Content Concepts
    Learn practical ways to create several different versions of assignments to ensure that all students learn the key content you’re teaching . . . We will explore how to design tiers, how to distribute them and how to grade them
  6. Provide Greater Student Choice While Maintaining Accountability for Required Content
    Learn how to offer your students more choices without regretting it . . .  Use materials choices, assignment level choices, homework choices, project choices, and more
  7. Increase Your Impact on Student Learning
    Learn proven strategies that will have the greatest impact on your students’ achievement without creating logistical and management nightmares . . . Here’s how
  8. Scaffold Course Instruction to Provide Additional Support for Struggling Students
    Learn proven ways to help your struggling students more easily access course content concepts through reading comprehension aids, writing support, video-viewing skills, and more
  9. Utilize Differentiated Teaching Strategies with Diverse Levels of Reading and Writing Skills in the Same Classroom
    Discover how tiered assignments and other differentiated teaching strategies can help you more effectively provide appropriate instruction to diverse levels of reading and writing abilities in your classroom
  10. Receive an Extensive “How-To” Handbook on Differentiated Instruction in Grades 6-12 Classrooms
    Each participant will receive an extensive handbook filled with practical teaching . . . Strategies, lesson models and more to help you immediately implement these strategies in your classroom

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Proven differentiated teaching strategies designed to increase academic success for all your students
  • Proven, timesaving management techniques that will smooth the transition to a more differentiated approach to instruction in grades 6-12
  • Practical, easy-to-manage ways to flexibly group students to better target instructional needs, student interests and student choices
  • How to plan and deliver highly effective differentiated lessons
  • How to scaffold your instruction by building in a set of prewriting and prereading strategies for students who need them
  • Differentiating techniques when assigning the reading of a textbook chapter
  • How to use mini-assessments to monitor student learning and to diagnose “who is ready to move on” and “who needs more of what” . . . How to design tasks, how to create a student-friendly rubric and how to score tasks quickly
  • Practical ways to use “side bar” activities allowing more advanced learners to move laterally across the curriculum for interest, motivation and enrichment
  • How to modify a solid baseline assignment and add tiered levels for diverse abilities
  • Specific activities that celebrate and make productive use of the diversity which exists in every middle and high school classroom
  • How to employ Bloom’s Taxonomy to create a set of tiered assignments with appropriate “challenge levels” for all students, from the struggling to the high achiever
  • Grading options for differentiated lessons – how to fairly and accurately assess student work
  • Use the Internet’s World Wide Web as a resource . . . How to locate a variety of supplemental Web materials at a variety of reading levels to match with your students
  • How to create a classroom where all students work toward the same essential course understandings but use different content, processes and products to get there
  • Differentiate your reading and writing assignments to allow for diverse student skills levels
  • How to use “anchor activities” to provide independent learning opportunities for “early finishers”
  • The key principles of differentiated instruction – what it is and what it is not
  • How to vary the complexity of your course instruction and assignments across the diverse groups of students in your classroom
  • Differentiate your curriculum by surprising your students with new, challenging assignments, like student-authored study guides in math, language arts, science, literature, RAFTs, book projects, and more
  • How to incorporate a variety of learning modes to address different student needs

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As teachers, we are often confronted with an incredible array of daily decisions, responsibilities and tasks. It is often difficult to create time for fine-tuning our curriculum and instruction to help meet the needs of a multitude of diverse learners who enter our classrooms each day. We should not feel guilty about this. It is an immense challenge, but it is one we can meet successfully if we are equipped with proven strategies that help us accommodate the diverse needs of our students.
My approach to differentiating my instruction is to keep it reasonable and utilize strategies that have the greatest impact on student achievement. Differentiation does NOT mean creating individualized learning for all our students. Rather, it means finding opportunities to offer different pathways to learning so that we can accommodate the diverse ability levels in our classrooms. Differentiation means using flexible grouping, not permanently tracked ability groups, to match assignments with students’ levels and interests. It also means using mini-assessments to monitor student learning and to diagnose “who needs more of what.”

We will explore practical ways for modifying your already solid instruction through a variety of differentiation strategies. You will see proven examples of how middle and high school teachers have found innovative ways to fine-tune their teaching to address different learners’ needs. You will be given time to analyze these examples, to critique them, in a process of modifying your own teaching. Examples from English/language arts, social studies, math, science, and world (foreign) language classrooms will be presented.

I look forward to meeting you and to working with you to improve our teaching and our students’

Sincerely,

Larry Lewin

P.S.   You will leave this seminar with practical ideas and an extensive resource handbook to help you implement these strategies in your own classroom.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Gifted Education Teachers, ESL Teachers, Title I Staff Members, Department Heads, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive a copy of USING DIFFERENTIATED TEACHING STRATEGIES to Increase the Academic Success of Every Student (Grades 6-12), the extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are complete descriptions of numerous differentiated teaching strategies. Also included are copy-ready forms and lesson examples you’ll be able to use immediately. You will also receive information on additional resource materials to support differentiated instruction.

  • sample guided reading lessons
  • ideas for effective literacy centers
  • classroom-proven management ideas
  • sample reading assessment tools
  • bibliography of leveled books

Meet and Share
This is a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators seeking practical ideas for implementing differentiated instructional strategies in their classrooms.

Consultation Available
Larry Lewin will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!