Skip to main content

Differentiating by student (versus group)

I had my follow-up meeting post-observation today, and my supervisor and I were working through the Danielson rubric.


Domain 1c is an area that I really want to focus on for the rest of the year. Here is the specific area of struggle:
All outcomes represent high-level learning in the discipline. They are clear, are written in the form of student
learning, and permit viable methods of assessment.
Outcomes reflect several different types of learning and, where appropriate, represent both coordination
and integration. Outcomes are differentiated, in whatever way is needed, for individual students.

How do I differentiate OUTCOMES, rather than instruction? I have an objective that I want my students to meet, and every student essentially has the same objectives (as dictated by my district's library curriculum). So what do different outcomes look like?

I found an interesting article about differentiation, but I'm particularly interested in the part about differentiating products. I think I like the word "product" better than "outcome", as it makes more sense to me. 

David Chung's literature circle activities are an interesting visual representation of differentiating products. 

Even more specifically, I found the following slides:


So in the context of my learning support lesson that I was evaluated on this week, it might look something like this:

"All must access CultureGrams and locate the country they selected."
"Most should answer the top row of questions on the bingo card without assistance."
"Some should stretch to use the additional features of CultureGrams to listen to interviews and answer the bottom two rows of the bingo card."

Thoughts? How do you differentiate your outcomes?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Project Green Screen

Lights...camera...GREEN SCREEN! Five yards of green cloth, lots of staples, a tripod, and an iPad. That's all it took to transform a corner of our library into a fully functioning video studio.

But then what? Our technology integrator started doing some research on the best apps for green screen creation, and came up with Do Ink.

The App
It took a little practice, but my students figured out the process pretty quickly. Do Ink lets you create 3 "tracks" for your video:

1) the background (can be images from online, students can take pictures, can be videos)
2) the student talking to the camera
3) additional animations

The Process
I brought students to the library class and distributed iPads to groups of 2-3 students. I used my handy document camera to show the steps for opening and using the app. I had students open the app and then immediately start a new project and re-name it.

Important side note: Once Do Ink projects are saved, they are not editable. The app auto-saves pr…

Gut Check Part 2

Courtesy of https://gregmiller21stcenturyleadership.wordpress.com/tag/teacher-reflection/
A few weeks ago I listened to Cult of Pedagogy's podcast "Gut-Level Teacher Reflection" as I was walking my daily circuit around the neighborhood. I was so impacted I had to listen three times to the same podcast. I even tracked down the worksheets she mentioned because I was so excited about completing the reflection activity. I posted my response to her first gut-level question shortly after I listened to the podcast. Then life happened and I got busy with planning for the new school year. But here I am ready to continue working through the questions.
Question 2: Open up your plan book (or spreadsheet, or wherever you keep your lesson plans from the year) and just start browsing, paying attention to how you’re feeling as your eyes meet certain events. What days and weeks give you a lift when you see them, a feeling of pride or satisfaction? Which ones make you feel disappointed, irr…

Review: The Case of the Missing Marquess

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Talk
Sherlock Holmes...world famous detective. We've all heard of him. But have you heard of his lesser known little sister, Enola? In "The Case of the Missing Marquess", Enola is faced with the disappearance of her mother. She goes on a great adventure to find her mother, and finds herself in the middle of ANOTHER disappearance. Will Enola find the Missing Marquess? Will she find her mother?

My Thoughts
This is a cute and quick read. I can see middle school students who like mysteries enjoying this series. Reminds me of the Benedict Society series.

My Recommendation
4/5 stars
Grades 5+

View all my reviews