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Learn how to differentiate instruction while maintaining a rigorous learning environment. In this practical book, rigor expert Barbara R. Blackburn shows that the differentiated classroom doesn’t mean extra work for top students and easy work for others; instead, you can have high expectations for all students and provide scaffolding so that everyone can reach success. She also addresses many of the greatest concerns teachers have about implementing differentiated instruction, including:
Each chapter includes practical tools and activities that you can use immediately to bring all students to higher levels of achievement. Many of these tools are available as eResources and can be downloaded for free from the book’s product page: www.routledge.com/9780815394471.
"This very practical guide models what it advocates. It is rooted in clear and worthy learning goals for readers. It guides teachers in exploring, understanding, and applying those goals, and it provides plenty of scaffolding for teachers at varied entry points in thinking about differentiation, rigor, and the relationship between the two. Its hallmark is its approachable, user-friendly tone and language. It’s a teacher talking to other teachers!"
--Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor & Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Acknowledgements; eResources; Meet the Author; Introduction; Chapter 1: Rigor and Differentiation; Chapter 2: Learning Portraits; Chapter 3: Expectations; Chapter 4: Differentiating Instructional Support to Increase Rigor; Chapter 5: Differentiating a Rigorous Demonstration of Learning; Chapter 6: Managing the Rigorous, Differentiated Classroom; Chapter 7: Common Concerns; Chapter 8: Leading Change for Rigor in the Differentiated Classroom; Bibliography