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					            Making a Difference:
          A WebQuest About Differentiated Instruction

Introduction
Task              A WebQuest for Middle Childhood Literacy
Resources                Pre-service Educators
Process
                                 Designed by:
Evaluation
                               Jenny Thompson
Conclusion                  jcthomp@gmail.com
Standards                             or
Citations                    jcthomp@bgsu.edu
Teacher Notes

                         EDTL 695 - Summer 2008
                Creating WebQuests for the K-12 Classroom –

                Based on a template from The WebQuest Page
           Introduction
Making a difference in the lives of our
students is what drives us as educators.
What you do to meet each student‟s
individual needs and connect with each
student affects his/her success in
school and life.
How will you make a difference?
                      Task
In order to answer the question, “How will you make
a difference?”, you will be investigating differentiated
instruction and strategies for using differentiated
instruction in planning your lessons.
Using the information you have gathered and
analyzed you will work in groups of 2 or 3 to apply the
information to create a differentiated lesson plan
integrating technology that will aid in the success of
all the learners in your classroom. This lesson plan
will double as your strategy lesson.
                    Go to Process
           Resources
Paper
Pencil
Computer
340 Lesson Plan format
Activity #1 Answer Sheet
Process
 You will work individually to complete Activity #1, the WebQuest. You
 will use the information from the web sites, as well as your prior
 knowledge, to answer the questions. Then you will work with with your
 partner(s) (one or two other people in the class) to create a
 differentiated lesson plan/strategy lesson integrating technology that
 will aid in the success of all learners in your classroom. You and your
 partner(s) will teach this lesson during the scheduled peer teaching in
 class (Activity #2).
 Activity #1 - Web Quest
 Activity #2- Creating Differentiated Lesson Plan
 Evaluation for Activity #1
 Evaluation for Activity #2
                              Return to Task
Activity #1- Web Quest
The following questions will guide you in developing an understanding of differentiated
instruction that will aid you in creating lesson plans that meet the needs of all the
students in your classroom.


1. What is Differentiated Instruction (DI)? How does it work? What is the
classroom teacher‟s role/remedial teacher‟s role? What are the cautions and
other view points for using differentiated instruction?
          Introduction- towards a definition of „differentiation‟
          What differentiated instruction is and is not
          What is differentiated instruction?
          Differentiated Instruction: Define it - What is it?
          Definition of DI
          Differentiated Instruction
          Classroom Connection magazine article (February 2003): DI

           2. What is the ultimate goal for using differentiated instruction?
           How to Differentiate Instruction: The Bottom Line
     Activity #1 con’t

3. What is the Rationale for differentiated instruction?
    Differentiated Instruction: Rationale
    DI:Multi-level Instruction Rationale

4.    What are the four(4) elements that guide differentiated instruction? Provide a brief explanation
      for each. Which of these do you think is most important and why?
      DI: 4 Ways to Differentiate Instruction
      Using Differentiated Instruction (You will need to click on the link that has this title.)
      DI: Identifying Components and Features

5.    What are some ways to differentiate instruction? List at least 5. How would you apply each to
      the different types (auditory, visual, etc.) of learners in your classroom, as well as the struggling,
      average and advanced learners?
           DI:Multi-level Instruction
           DI: Advanced Learners in the Mixed-ability Middle School Classroom
           Disability Studies for Teachers - Differentiated Instruction
           DI: Finding Manageable Ways to Meet Individual Needs
           Strategies for Differentiating
Activity #1 con’t


6.   List 3 tools for differentiated instruction using technology that you
     might use and explain why and how.
      Tools for Differentiated Instruction Using Technology

7.   List 3 Technology tips you found useful and explain why.
      Technology Tips for Differentiated Instruction

8.   How will you use the “Ten Tips for Differentiation”?
      Ten Tips for Differentiation
     Activity #1 con’t

9.   How To: Adjust Your Teaching Style to Your Students‟ Learning Style (Use this site to
     read about the following topics to aid in planning your lesson and when including
     differentiation in your unit lesson plans.)
           The Basics of Adjusting Your Teaching Style to Students‟ Learning Style
           Differentiation for Tweens
           Scaffolding
           Using Window Notes
           The Mixed- Ability Classroom
           Teaching Tips
           Assessment Strategies to Promote Learning
           Effective Questioning I the Mixed-Ability Classroom
           Adolescents and Learning
           Responding to the Needs of Adolescent Learners
           Knowing What They Know
           Lesson Plans
           Including Children with Special Needs in Your Classroom
           Meet the Needs of Every Student with Differentiated Instruction
           Debriefing During and After Instruction
10. How to Plan for Differentiated Instruction
    Activity #2
    Creating the differentiated lesson plan




        You are to work with one or two other people (classmates)
       using the information you gathered during the first activity to
       create a differentiated lesson plan that you will teach to your
       peers during our scheduled peer teaching days. This lesson
       plan should be about the strategy you and your partner(s) will
       choose in class. You should use the 340 lesson plan
       template we are discussing in class, noting any revisions
       we may make in class.

                               Evaluation


Conclusion
Evaluation
 Activity #1 Evaluation
 You will be evaluated on whether or\ you completed the
 WebQuest and answered the questions appropriately using
 the information you gathered from the web resources and
 your prior knowledge about Differentiated Instruction. You
 will also be asked to reflect on the information you are
 gathering and discuss how you would use it in your
 planning and teaching. Please use the following document
 to record your answers and thoughts.
       Activity #1 Answer Sheet

 Activity #2 Evaluation
       Differentiated Strategy Lesson Plan and Peer
      Teaching Rubric
                     Conclusion
Congratulations on completing the WebQuest and deepening
your knowledge and understanding of differentiated instruction!
It is my hope that you will be able to apply this more easily to
your own planning and teaching. It is important to each
individual in your classroom to have every opportunity to learn
and succeed while in your classroom and differentiated
instruction can help you as the teacher provide those
opportunities.


YOU can make the difference in a child‟s life!!
                                       Standards
            NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE-
      BASED STANDARDS FOR INITIAL MIDDLE LEVEL TEACHER PREPARATION



    Standard 1. Young Adolescent Development
Middle level teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, and
research related to young adolescent development, and they provide opportunities that support
student development and learning.

     Standard 3. Middle Level Curriculum and Assessment
Middle level teacher candidates understand the major concepts, principles, theories, standards,
and research related to middle level curriculum and assessment, and they use this knowledge in
their practice.

      Standard 4. Middle Level Teaching Fields
Middle level teacher candidates understand and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry,
standards, and structures of content in their chosen teaching fields, and they create meaningful
learning experiences that develop all young adolescents’ competence in subject matter and
skills.

     Standard 5. Middle Level Instruction and Assessment
Middle level teacher candidates understand and use the major concepts, principles, theories, and
research related to effective instruction and assessment, and they employ a variety of strategies
for a developmentally appropriate climate to meet the varying abilities and learning styles of all
young adolescents.
               Teacher Notes
This WebQuest was designed to be used with Early Childhood and
Middle Childhood methods students, as they have some basic
background knowledge about lesson planning and differentiated
instruction. It could also be used with Secondary methods students.
The methods semester is the semester before students teaching and
includes a field component where the methods students plan and teach
in a real classroom under the supervision of the classroom teacher and
college faculty methods instructors/professors.
                                     Citations
(2008). About differentiated instruction. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from West
           Bloomfield School District Web site:
           http://web.westbloomfield.k12.mi.us/ealy/lafer/about.html

Clare, J. D. (2004). Differentiation: Introduction -towards a definition of 'differentiation'. Retrieved
             June 30, 2008, from Greenfield School Community and Arts College Web site:
             http://www.greenfield.durham.sch.uk/differentiation.htm
(2003, February). Differentiated Instruction. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from Classroom Connect
             Web site: http://www.doctorgus.net/ClassroomDifferentiated.htm

Dobush, Ken. Differentiated instruction . Retrieved June 30, 2008, from
          Bridgewater State College Department of Special Education and Communication
          Disorders Web site:
          http://webhost.bridgew.edu/kdobush/Strategies%20for%20Teaching%20Reading/Han
          dbook/Diff_Inst/Differentiated%20Instruction.htm
Citations con‟t
Eaton, V. (1996). Differentiated instruction (also called Multi-level instruction). Retrieved
            June 30, 2008, from Inclusion: School as a Caring Community Web site:
            http://www.ualberta.ca/%7Ejpdasddc/incl/difinst.htm

Hall, T. (2002). Differentiated Instruction . Retrieved June 30, 2008, from National Center
             on Accessing the general Curriculum Web site:
             http://www.cast.org/publications/ncac/ncac_diffinstruc.html

(1998-2008). How to differentiate instruction. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from Teachnology
          Web site: http://www.teachnology.com/tutorials/teaching/differentiate/bottom_line/

(1998-2008). How to plan for differentiate instruction. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from
          Teachnology Web site:
          http://www.teach-nology.com/tutorials/teaching/differentiate/planning/
  Citations con‟t
Kluth, P. (2004). Differentiated instruction . Retrieved June 30, 2008, from Disabilities Studies
             for Teachers Web site:
             http://www.disabilitystudiesforteachers.org/index.php?id=Differentiated%20Instruction

Lamb, A. (2003, June). Ten tips for differentiation. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from Differentiating
           Instruction through Technology: Meeting the needs of all students Web site:
           http://eduscapes.com/sessions/needs/elementary2.html

Longert, S. Using differentiated instruction. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from Teachers Network: How
            To: Adjust Your Teaching Style to Your Students' Learning Style Web site:
            http://www.teachnet.org/ntol/howto/adjust/diffinstruct.htm

2004). Technology tips for differentiated instruction. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from RTEC Exchange
           Web site: http://rtecexchange.edgateway.net/cs/rtecp/view/rtec_str/11
 Citations con‟t
Theroux, P. (2004, June). Differentiated Instruction. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from Enhancing
            Leaning With Technology Web site:
            http://members.shaw.ca/priscillatheroux/differentiating.html

Theroux, P. (2004, June). Strategies for differentiating. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from Enhance
            Learning with Technology Web site:
            http://members.shaw.ca/priscillatheroux/differentiatingstrategies.html

Tomlinson, C.A. (1995, October). Differentiated instruction for advanced learners in the mixed-ability
           middle school classroom. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from KidSource Online Web site:
           http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content/diff_instruction.html

Tools for differentiated instruction using technology. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from Ox Bow
             Elementary Web site:
             http://oxbow.concord.k12.in.us/Teacher%20Resources/Tools%20for%20Differeniated%20I
nstruction%20Using%20Technology.htm
 Citations con‟t
(2008). What is differentiated instruction? . Retrieved June 30, 2008, from Sacramento City Unified
          School District Web site: http://www.scusd.edu/gate_ext_learning/differentiated.htm

Willis, S. (2000, Winter). Differentiating instruction:Finding manageable ways to meet individual needs.
             Retrieved June 30, 2008, from ASCD: Curriculum Update Web site:
             http://www.ascd.org/ed_topics/cu2000win_willis.html

				
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