Ready-to-Use Differentiation Strategies introduces various low-preparation, low-stress differentiation activities and strategies that can be implemented immediately in any content area in grades 6-8. Each differentiation strategy encourages higher level thinking and intellectual risk taking while accommodating different learning styles.
This book features a description of each strategy, how to use it in the classroom, how it serves students, and tips and techniques for making it your own, as well as how to use each strategy in the classroom with students. Following each explanation, specific examples are included, as well as templates to make each technique ready to use. This book also provides templates that can be used to develop new lessons using each strategy. Ready-to-Use Differentiation Strategies provides an easy-to-use way to begin differentiating for all students in the classroom!
Table of Contents
What Is Differentiation? Differentiation as a Teaching Lifestyle “Is This What You Want?” and the “Gotcha Factor” “Is This What You Want?” and the Pronoun Shift Differentiation and Learning Styles Selecting Activities for the Differentiated Lifestyle in the Classroom How to Use This Book Strategy Pages Strategies Requiring No Preparation 3-2-1 Boxing Concept Diagram Don’t Break the Bank Draw a . . Initial Sentences Interrogation Let’s Trade! One to Ten Spoon! The Blob Three Facts and a Fib You Don’t Say! Strategies Requiring Low Preparation Black Out Bingo Categorization Cards Creative Concentration Cubing Go Fish! Guess What? Hands-On Venn Diagram Myth Versus Reality Nailing the Mail Prioritization Flap Book Red Light, Green Light Sticky Note Share Toy Share Web Cards Resources About the Author
After teaching science for more than 15 years, both overseas and in the U.S., Laurie E. Westphal now works as an independent gifted education and science consultant. She enjoys developing and presenting staff development on differentiation for various districts and conferences, working with teachers to assist them in planning and developing lessons to meet the needs of their advanced students.