Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program
Instructor Name: Dr. Michael Sedler
Facilitator Name: Professor Steven Dahl, M.Ed.
Address: Virtual Education Software
16201 E Indiana Ave, Suite 1450
Spokane, WA 99216
Welcome to Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program, an interactive computer-based instruction course. This course is designed to provide you an opportunity to learn about an instructional framework, Differentiated Instruction (DI), aimed at creating supportive learning environments for diverse learning populations. Students will be presented a method for self-assessment of the extent to which their current instructional approach reflects the perspective, principles, and practices of the DI approach. The course reflects an approach that aligns the principles of DI with the practices of DI. The concept of a “theory of action” will also be provided within a DI context. The course has also been designed to introduce students to a range of strategies associated with a DI approach. Strategies included in this course have been selected on the basis that they are effective in the widest possible range of educational K-12 settings. This course follows Why DI?: An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, which addressed the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a DI approach. The focus of Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program is on the When, Where, and How of the DI approach.
Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program is an invitation to reflect, explore, and anchor professional practices in the current literature and growing research base in support of DI. This course is designed for anyone working with a diverse learning population across the K-12 spectrum and will have the most direct application to professionals serving students within a mixed-ability classroom setting.
Title: Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program
Publisher: Virtual Education Software, inc. 2012
Instructor Name: Dr. Michael Sedler
Facilitator Name: Professor Steven Dahl, M.Ed.
Academic work submitted by the individual (such as papers, assignments, reports, tests) shall be the student’s own work or appropriately attributed, in part or in whole, to its correct source. Submission of commercially prepared (or group prepared) materials as if they are one’s own work is unacceptable.
The individual will encourage honesty in others by refraining from providing materials or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.
Violations of these academic standards will result in the assignment of a failing grade and subsequent loss of credit for the course.
This course is designed as the second course in a series of courses on meeting the needs of a diverse learning population served across the K-12 continuum.
As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:
1) Understand how differentiated instruction is defined and the distinctive elements of a classroom where DI is practiced.
2) Outline elements of the rationale supporting implementation of a DI approach (i.e., why DI?).
3) Identify the essential principles from which a DI approach is developed and implemented.
4) Demonstrate understanding of a teacher reflection strategy aligned with principles of DI.
5) Understand the need for alignment between instructional paradigm, educational priorities, principles of differentiation, and practices selected on a daily basis.
6) Demonstrate understanding of a self-assessment tool used to reflect on current practice in comparison with elements of the DI approach.
7) Understand the importance of having a “theory of action” as a teacher and the potential for elements entailed in the DI approach to enhance current practice.
8) Identify several methods for gathering information about student-specific readiness.
9) Understand the relationship between instructional decision making and student motivation.
10) Identify DI strategies for designing environments that reflect Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
11) Articulate some of the challenges when differentiating based on student readiness.
12) Demonstrate understanding of strategies for differentiation to meet student-specific needs.
13) Articulate the advantages of differentiating with regard to student interest.
14) Explain the relationship between planning effective instruction and student motivation.
15) Demonstrate understanding of methods for flexible grouping commonly used in a DI classroom.
16) Identify general considerations to make when differentiating based on student-specific variables in the areas of interest and learning profiles.
17) Explain the general parameters necessary for creating a positive learning environment.
18) Outline a variety of teaching decisions that could be made in response to observations of students struggling to maintain progress.
19) Articulate a number of instructional management strategies for improving the learning environment.
20) Understand the significance of creating opportunities for students to reflect on and represent progress, achievement, and understanding.
21) Outline the relevance of the DI approach to the topics of “traditional grading,” “competition,” “fairness,” and “equity.”
22) Articulate difference between “assessment for learning” and “assessment of learning” within a DI approach.
23) Outline the range of assessment choices and barriers most often encountered when implementing a differentiated classroom.
24) Identify possible steps of a course of action for teachers transitioning from a non-DI (i.e., “one size fits all”) approach to a DI (i.e., “whatever it takes”) approach.
25) Understand the functionality of an observation tool that reflects both the theories and practices with a DI approach.
This course, Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program, has been divided into four chapters. As the second course in a multi-course series on Differentiated Instruction, the emphasis is on providing examples of strategies and methods associated with a DI approach. The course has been organized to ensure that each strategy, or idea on “how to” implement DI, is an extension of the DI approach as a whole and not just presented as a disjointed list of ideas to try. The first course in the series, Why DI?:An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction, focused on the What, Why, and Who of a classroom that reflects a Differentiated Instruction approach. Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program, will indirectly address the conditions, or When, Where, and How of the DI approach. Because DI is not a recipe for teaching or a prescriptive model, the structure of the course reflects a range of entry points for educators to consider as they reflect on the considerations teachers make when differentiating.
Chapter 1: How DI Provides Teachers a Theory of Action
Chapter 2: How DI Equips Teachers to Become Students of Their Students
Chapter 3: How DI Provides a Framework for Creating a Community of Learners
Chapter 4: How DI Promotes Equity and Excellence
In Chapter 1: How DI Provides Teachers a Theory of Action, we will begin by reviewing the rationale for Differentiated Instruction presented in the first course in this series, Why DI?:An Introduction to Differentiated Instruction. Using the terminology from the first course, a framework for reflecting on how best to create a differentiated classroom will be provided. Principles that best describe a non-prescriptive DI approach across the K-12 spectrum will be outlined. Using these principles, a tool for reflection will be presented for educators to employ as they consider elements of effective instruction from within a DI perspective. The concept of a “theory of action” will be presented and the connections to this concept will be explored in relation to the DI approach. At the conclusion of Chapter 1, course participants will complete a reflection activity.
In Chapter 2: How DI Equips Teachers to Become Students of their Students, we will articulate the connection between instructional planning and student readiness. Several methods for identifying student-specific interests will be provided. The relevance of these student-specific variables will be expounded on as a means for creating conditions for teacher-student collaboration. The connection between instructional decision-making and student motivation will be emphasized. DI teaching strategies will be outlined in support of the principles of DI explored in Chapter 1.
In Chapter 3: How DI Provides a Framework for Creating a Community of Learners, we will explore the advantages of differentiating with student interests and learning profiles in mind. The curricular, instructional, and environmental variables teachers consider in a DI classroom will be explored. The importance of creating a positive classroom work environment will be discussed. Several methods for grouping students flexibly in a DI classroom will be provided. With an emphasis on the teacher’s awareness of each student’s readiness to benefit from instructional planning, a variety of methods for matching tasks, activities, and learning environment to students will be reviewed. We will also identify the advantages of the DI approach when designing learning environments that reflect the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) backward design approach
In Chapter 4: How DI Promotes Equity and Excellence, we will explore the significance of creating opportunities for students to represent and reflect on their own progress, achievement, and understanding within a DI classroom. In order to do this, the topics of “traditional grading,” “competition,” “fairness,” and “equity” will be explored from a DI perspective. The difference between “assessment for learning” and “assessment of learning” and the importance of assessment being motivating to students will also be considered. An outline of the range of barriers most often encountered when implementing a differentiated classroom will be provided. Course participants will also reflect on the best course of action for teachers in the initial stages transitioning from a “one size fits all” approach to a “whatever it takes” approach. A multi-purpose reflection tool will be provided that ties together many of the key objectives from the course. A reflection exercise will also provide a sense of professional development direction.
Each chapter contains additional “handouts” that cover specific topics from the chapter in greater depth. They are provided for you to read, ponder, and apply to the setting in which you work. Some of the handouts are directly related to the concepts and content of the specific chapter, while others are indirectly related to provide extended learning connections.
· Complete all four information sections covering showing a competent understanding of the material presented in each section.
· Complete all four section examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.
· Complete a review of any section on which your examination score was below 70%.
· Retake any section examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 70% (maximum of three attempts). *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
· Complete all course journal article and essay writing assignments with the minimum word count shown for each writing assignment.
· Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
At the end of each course section, you will be expected to complete an examination designed to assess your knowledge. You may take these exams a total of three times. Your last score will save, not the highest score. After your third attempt, each examination will lock and not allow further access. The average from your exam scores will be printed on your certificate. However, this is not your final grade since your required writing assignments have not been reviewed. Exceptionally written or poorly written required writing assignments, or violation of the academic integrity policy in the course syllabus, will affect your grade. As this is a self-paced computerized instruction program, you may review course information as often as necessary. You will not be able to exit any examinations until you have answered all questions. If you try to exit the exam before you complete all questions, your information will be lost. You are expected to complete the entire exam in one sitting.
This course has two required writing components. ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE REVIEWED. Exceptionally or poorly written assignments, or violation of the academic integrity policy noted in the course syllabus, will affect your grade. Be sure to refer to the Grading Guidelines for Writing Assignments, sent as an attachment with your original course link.
It is highly recommended that you write and save all writing assignments in an external word processing program (such as Word or Notepad), and then copy and paste these into the course program so that you will have backup copies.
To save your essays:
When you select the question or article you wish to respond to, ‘Simple Text’ or ‘Text Edit’ will launch automatically. When you are finished entering your response, simply click SAVE.
You must SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.
1) Essay Requirement: Critical Thinking Questions
There are four Critical Thinking Questions that you must complete. You will do research on the questions and write brief essay responses relating it to the course content (and your personal experiences, when possible). To view the questions, click on REQUIRED ESSAY and choose the Critical Thinking Question that you are ready to complete; this will bring up a screen where you may enter your essay. You must write a minimum of 500 words (maximum 1,000) per essay. You may go back at any point to edit your essays, but you must be certain to click SAVE once you have completed your edits.
You must SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.
2) Essay Requirement: Journal Articles
This task requires you to write a review of three peer-reviewed or scholarly journal articles, preferably written by an author with a Ph.D. (blogs and news articles are not acceptable) of your choice on a topic related to this course. You may choose your topic by entering the Key Words (click on the Key Words button) into a search engine of your choice (Bing, Google, Yahoo, etc.). Choose three relevant articles and write a critical summary of the information given in each article, explaining how the information relates to, supports, or refutes information given in this course. Conclude your review with your thoughts and impressions (200 words per journal article minimum, 400 words maximum). Be sure to provide the journal name, volume, date, and any other critical information to allow the instructor to access and review that article.
To write your essays, click on REQUIRED ESSAY and choose the Journal Article that you would like to complete; this will bring up a screen where you can write your review. When you are ready to stop, click SAVE. You may go back at any point to edit your essays, but you must be certain to click SAVE once you are done with your edits. For more information on the features of this assignment, please consult the HELP menu.
You must SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.
Try DI!: Planning & Preparing a Differentiated Instruction Program has been developed with the widest possible audience in mind because the core principles of a differentiated approach can be applied K-12. The primary goal of the course is to provide an overview of DI principles as well as DI strategies that will help teachers to implement a “theory of action.” The course will invoke a metaphor for teaching that is woven throughout the course and extends as the course unfolds. The course offers a variety of opportunities for reflection and culminates with an observation tool that will help professionals to align their theories with the actions they take in the classroom.
Steve Dahl, the instructor of
record, has served as a district-level administrator overseeing a variety of
federal programs, such as Special Education and Title 1, for the past five
years. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member for
Dr. Michael Sedler has presented seminars and classes throughout the Pacific Northwest and
Canada. Dr. Sedler has worked as an
administrator, behavior specialist, teacher and social worker within the public
school setting. Dr. Sedler is an adjunct
professor for two universities in the state of
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Refer to the addendum regarding Grading Criteria, Course Completion Information, Items to be Submitted and how to submit your completed information. The addendum will also note any additional course assignments that you may be required to complete that are not listed in this syllabus.
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Differentiating instruction: Finding manageable ways to meet individual needs. Curriculum Update. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/curriculum-update/
Wood, R. E., & Bandura, A. (1989). Social cognitive theory of organizational management. Academy of Management Review, 14, 361-384.
ThinkDOTS©: Retrieved from http://www.jigsaw.org/tips.htm
Multiple Intelligence Theory Handout. Source: National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI). Edward Garcia Fierros. (2004). How multiple intelligences theory can guide teachers’ practices: ensuring success for students with disabilities. Retrieved from http://www.urbanschools.org/pdf/onPOINTS.multiple.intelligences.
An Educator's Journey Toward Multiple Intelligences Handout. (Source: Scott Seider, assistant professor of education at Boston University).
Threats to Student Success Handout. (Source: Adapted from Kovalik & Olsen, 2001, pp. 2.9-2.10)
Changing teaching practices: Using curriculum differentiation to respond to students’ diversity (printed by UNESCO in Paris, France).
The Public Education Leadership Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School.
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