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:
- How to manage your time so that you can create lessons, find resources, and grade assignments for students working at different levels;
- How to balance differentiated instruction and teaching standards;
- How to ensure rigor at all tiers of instruction;
- How to collaborate with teachers and other faculty members;
- How to differentiate homework and other out-of-class assignments;
- How to explain differentiated instruction to parents and families;
- And more...
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.
Table of Contents
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
Barbara R. Blackburn, a Top 30 Global Guru in Education, has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. In addition to speaking at international, national, and state conferences, she also regularly presents workshops for teachers and administrators in elementary, middle, and high schools. She is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller Rigor Is Not a Four-Letter Word.
"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