Consider these quick steps to plan differentiated lessons and use them to help you implement some new strategies after the New Year!
Step 1 PRE-ASSESSMENT: A pre-assessment of your students is crucial to help you understand how each student understands new material.
- Watch this video on the use of exit tickets that help teachers pre-assess and plan.
- Examples: 5 Question Quiz, KWL Chart, Journal, Mind Map, Frayer Diagram
- Tips: Explain to students what you plan to do with the results and why this is important.
Use questions or prompts that gauge their understanding of the main goals or points of the unit.
Keep it simple!
Step 2 CONTENT & PROCESS: Once you have a clear understanding of where each student is starting the unit, consider using a learning menu or a choice board to vary the complexity and the process of learning. This can also be a great way to reach not only struggling students, but also to challenge high achieving students.