Saturday, July 19, 2014

Effective Small Group Differentiated Instruction





This video will help teachers with small group instruction. This differentiation of instruction using small group strategies will provide an effective, engaging, learning environment by creating a culture of student success and meeting the needs of all students. Every student is unique and deserves instruction beyond "one size fits all". Administrators can also use this video to provide staff development to their teachers, helping them with differentiation providing instructional engagement. This video emphasizes the "how to"; "nuts and bolts" of preparing and managing small group differentiated instructional models. This video will teach strategies to provide opportunities for student and teacher success. Learning cannot happen without a safe, secure, and comfortable learning environment for students that provides engagement and makes students feel valued and successful. Small group differentiation will help to meet the needs of all students. All stakeholders; administrators, teachers, and students will benefit from the tips and strategies illustrated in this video. These tips are based on twenty years of experience as a teacher and principal of 3rd through 9th grade students, the majority of which were students of color, poverty, and English language learners (ELL). The author/ creator of this video has been influenced by other experts in the field; Michael Grinder, Harry Wong, Ruby Payne, and Robert Marzano all of which have great ideas to help teachers provide effective and engaging classrooms. Helpful hints are provided to help the teacher create a successful differentiated classroom using small group strategies. Primary grades through high school teachers can find valuable information in these videos and the accompanying web page. Test scores and learning in general will improve with effective and engaging differentiation. Small Group Differentiated instruction will help to close the achievement gap in high stakes testing. Building differentiation, communicating expectations, and accountability will provide the keys to reaching students to teach them effectively meeting the needs of varied ability levels and multiple learning styles.

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