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Differentiating High School Classroom : Solution Strategies for 18 Common Obstacles

Differentiating High School Classroom : Solution Strategies for 18 Common Obstacles - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-1412917162

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ISBN13: 978-1412917162
ISBN10: 1412917166
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Corwin Press
Published: 2006
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Differentiating High School Classroom : Solution Strategies for 18 Common Obstacles - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-1412917162

Kathie F. Nunley

ISBN13: 978-1412917162
ISBN10: 1412917166
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: Corwin Press

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

''Places all of a teacher's concerns on the table and whittles them away with classroom strategies.'' -Toby Karten Educational Consultant ''The ideas in this book will be useful for years to come.'' -William Fitzhugh Teacher Reisterstown Elementary School MD ''In the good old days we didn???t have to differentiate.'' If this is how you feel about differentiated instruction (DI) you are not alone. Although research shows that DI maximizes learning and neural development teachers still struggle with its challenges especially in the high school classroom. Applying her unique expertise as a researcher teacher trainer and parent Kathie F. Nunley provides practical and supportive solutions to the real obstacles teachers face in mixed ability high school classrooms. Each chapter lists an obstacle-''I have too much content to cover'' or ''I can???t grade all those different assignments'' or ''I thought I was differentiating''-and then provides: A discussion of the pedagogical and curriculum issues Ready-to-use solution strategies Examples and scenarios showing the strategies in action Practice assignments Written with common sense wisdom and humor this easy-to-navigate guide is a must-have resource for all high school teachers and instructional leaders committed to the benefits of differentiated instruction for high school learners.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorIntroduction: I Just Can''t Do That in MY School / Classroom / SituationTeachers are Creative PeopleLaugh and the World Laughs with YouSo what is differentiated instruction?

Obstacle #1: I Long to Return Back to The Good Old DaysA Description of the IssueSolution Strategies

Obstacle #2: I Thought I Was DifferentiatingA Description of the IssueSolution Strategies

Obstacle #3: I Teach the Way I Was TaughtA Description of the IssueSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #4: I Don''t Know HowA Description of the IssueSolution StrategiesThe Easiest Road to Differentiation is Student ChoiceAdd A Second Piece: AccountabilityFinish with the Final Piece: Encouraging Higher-Level ThinkingPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #5: I Have Too Much Content to CoverA Description of the IssueSolution StrategiesRealize That you Can''t Lecture Fast EnoughPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #6: I''m Good at LecturingA Description of the IssueClassrooms May Result in A Power StruggleSolution StrategiesPerception is EverythingGain Control by Giving Some of It Up

Obstacle #7: I Can''t See How I Would Grade All Those Different AssignmentsA Description of the IssueSolution StrategiesSetting up a Paper or Electronic Grade BookEntering Only Unit Grades and ExamsEntering Grades by Sub-UnitsEntering Grades by ObjectivesDaily or Weekly GradesDesign a Grade Scale by Considering "What''s an A worth?"And on What Basis Or Criteria Do We Award Points Marks and Grades?Design a Grade Scale by Considering "What''s an F worth?"Practice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #8: I Thought Differentiated Instruction Was for Elementary SchoolsA Description of the IssueSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #9: I Subscribe to Ability GroupingA Description of the IssueSegregation Within the ClassroomPreparing Global ThinkersSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #10: I Have Real Logistical IssuesA Description of the IssueSolution Strategies & Practice Assignments for Overcoming These ObstaclesLiability IssuesScheduling IssuesThe Room is Too Small

Obstacle #11: I Want My Classroom Under ControlA Description of the IssuePerception of Control Trumps AllLeadership Style Determines Perception of ControlAn Easy Measure of LeadershipSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #12: I Don''t Know How to Measure My Students'' Learning StyleA Description of the IssueSolution StrategiesTake a cue from your IEP''sProvide a Home BasePractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle#13: I Have Neither the Time Nor the Funding for All ThatA Description of the Time IssueI Don''t Have the Time to Plan for All ThatSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This ObstacleA Description of the Funding IssueSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #14: I''ve Been Teaching This Way for Years and It WorksA Description of the IssueSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle#15: There''s No Support For It At My SchoolA Description of the IssueSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #16: My District Requires Me to Follow a Prescribed TextA Description of the IssueTextbook Options Can Create More Effective ReadersA Variety of Reading Materials Keeps Information UpdatedA Variety of Texts Makes the Information Available to More StudentsSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #17: Parents Expect Lecture Format in High School For College PrepA Description of the IssueDifferentiated Reading Strategies Help Prepare Students for College LearningSolution StrategiesPractice Assignments for Overcoming This Obstacle

Obstacle #18: The Bottom Line-If They Are Learning You Are TeachingA Description of the IssueSome Students Struggle with Ling

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