© 2017 – Routledge
138 pages | 42 B/W Illus.
Find out how to differentiate your middle school ELA instruction so that all students can become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Author Amber Chandler invites you into her classroom and shows how you can adjust your lessons to suit different learning needs while still meeting state standards and keeping your students accountable. She provides a wide variety of helpful tools and strategies, ranging from easy options that you can try out immediately to deeper-integration ideas that will reshape your classroom as a flexible, personalized learning environment. Topics include:
Bonus: downloadable versions of some of the rubrics and handouts in this book are available on the Routledge website at http://www.routledge.com/9781138681040. Also, check out the book’s website, doyoudifferentiate.com, for additional articles and strategies.
"It is possible to take the lessons that you teach every day and transform them into learning experiences. Amber Chandler, a highly experienced teacher, shows the way forward with practical tools and strategies in her workshops and in her book, The Flexible ELA Classroom." – Mark E. Weston, Ph.D, Strategist, Activist, and Author, @shiftparadigm
"To truly teach middle school students in a way that invites them to create meaningful learning experiences for themselves requires a leap of faith, and a willingness to adapt your teaching style to meet their needs. In The Flexible ELA Classroom, Amber Chandler combines well-researched theory and her own classroom experience to help guide teachers as they reshape their classrooms to be a flexible, personalized learning space. This is a must read for all middle school educators. - Ami L. Turner, Senior Associate at the American Federation of Teachers, middle and high school English teacher and adjunct professor
Meet the Author
Chapter 1: Options and Choice: The Heart of Differentiation
Chapter 2: Strategic Groupings: Flexibility for Student Engagement
Chapter 3: Word Study: Personalizing Vocabulary
Chapter 4: Project Based Learning: Differentiating Student Learning Experiences
Chapter 5: Assessment: Valuing the Individual in a Standardized World
Chapter 6: Family Partnerships: Creating a Customized "Dream Team" for Students