The authors balance broadly applicable guidance with specific illustrations of how two schools--a middle-income elementary school and a mixed-income high school--experienced the change process in dramatically different ways. In both instances, the new approach to teaching and learning had sweeping, positive results for staff and students.
Carol Ann Tomlinson, Kay Brimijoin, and Lane Narvaez have combined their expertise with differentiation in schools--including professional development, research, leadership, coaching, and teaching--to highlight factors that contributed to the continuing success of school reinvention efforts such as
*Approaching change with the particular school culture in mind.
*Leading a staff toward change with appropriate pushes, pauses, and acknowledgments.
*Fostering continued growth in understanding and skill with differentiation in the classroom.
*Encouraging teachers to reinforce one another's strengths.
*Monitoring progress toward expanded flexibility in instructional approaches.
*Nurturing teacher leaders who can sustain the effort beyond one principal's tenure.
*Providing strong support and role models for deep and broad changes in the school's teaching practices and learning potential.
Every educator seeking to move beyond isolated efforts to differentiate instruction will find practical support and inspiration in this book. At the same time, you'll gain understanding about the key characteristics needed for deep, lasting instructional change that taps into the learning potential of all students in your classrooms and schools.
▪ Voice—Involving students in “the what” and “the how” of learning and equipping them to be stewards of their own education.
▪ Co-creation—Guiding students to identify the challenges and concepts they want to explore and outline the actions they will take.
▪ Social construction—Having students work with others to theorize, pursue common goals, build products, and generate performances.
▪ Self-discovery—Teaching students to reflect on their own developing skills and knowledge so that they will acquire new understandings of themselves and how they learn.
Based on their exciting work in the field, Kallick and Zmuda map out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the center and asks them to employ the set of dispositions for engagement and learning known as the Habits of Mind. They share the perspectives of educators engaged in this work; highlight the habits that empower students to pursue aspirations, investigate problems, design solutions, chase curiosities, and create performances; and provide tools and recommendations for adjusting classroom practices to facilitate learning that is self-directed, dynamic, sometimes messy, and always meaningful.
--Capture student interest and increase motivation
--Clarify teachers' understanding about what is most important to teach
--Enhance students' and teachers' belief in student learning capacity; and
--Help teachers understand their students' individual similarities and differences so they can reach more students, more effectively
Throughout, Tomlinson and Moon emphasize the importance of maintaining a consistent focus on the essential knowledge, understandings, and skills that all students must acquire, no matter what their starting point.
Detailed scenarios illustrate how assessment differentiation can occur in three realms (student readiness, interest, and learning style or preference) and how it can improve assessment validity and reliability and decrease errors and teacher bias.
Grounded in research and the authors' teaching experience, Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom outlines a common-sense approach that is both thoughtful and practical, and that empowers teachers and students to discover, strive for, and achieve their true potential.
Exposed is a collection of poetry written by John McCarthy, first as therapy and then as an outlet for a vast expanse of emotions. His perspective has been shaped by thirty years of police and investigation experience and by being an avid hunter and nature enthusiast. This collection is the culmination of a four-year journey that begins with despair over a broken marriage and ends in redemption. Its an honest reflection of lifes experiences and of a search for a higher calling.
This poetic journey begins with Somethings Wrong, in which two strangers in a long marriage pass each other as life goes by. They know everything about each other, but they do not really know the things that matterparticularly how to say the things that need to be said. The authors melancholy path takes us through periods of reflection and self-pity, but it closes on a note of hopefulness.
Exposed reveals the poets enlightenment and purposehis love of the mountains and the sea, and inspiration passing through old, lonely country towns that time has forgotten. Experience the world through McCarthys eyes and words: the tragic, the sadness, the lonely, the joy, the redemption, and the beauty.