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Differentiation for the Adolescent Learner

Accommodating Brain Development, Language, Literacy, and Special Needs

Activate learning in all adolescents—including ELLs and advanced learners—with these practical, developmentally appropriate techniques based on brain research, technology, and a six-point differentiation model.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412940542
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 184
  • Publication date: November 20, 2012

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"There is something for everyone here. A valuable resource for experienced teachers starting on the road to curriculum integration or switching to teaching adolescents. Preservice teachers would also benefit, because the book emphasizes the nature of the learner."
—Mark A. Springer, Teacher
Radnor Middle School, Wayne, PA

Activate learning with practical techniques that put brain research and technology into practice!

The changes and complexities of the adolescent mind bring unique challenges as well as opportunities to the classroom. This valuable resource for student-centered teaching provides keys to curriculum design, instruction, and assessment within the context of a developmentally appropriate, differentiated approach.

Translating the latest brain research into practical classroom strategies, the author focuses on the adolescent learner and outlines brain-compatible instructional strategies applicable to all students, including English Language Learners, gifted populations, and others with special needs. Readers will encounter a six-point differentiated model based on adolescents' need for personal connection, appropriate intellectual challenge, emotional engagement, guided social interaction, metacognitive development, and a supportive learning environment. The guide also equips teachers with ready-to-use tips, tools, and resources, including:

  • Ways to capitalize on technology to enhance differentiated instruction
  • Brain-friendly strategies grounded in current neuroscience research and universal design for learning (UDL)
  • Straightforward explanations on how changes in adolescent brain structure impact learning
  • Techniques to create and manage a classroom environment aligned with adolescents' specific developmental needs

Focusing on learners' intellectual, social, and emotional development, Differentiation for the Adolescent Learner offers a proven plan for teachers to create meaningful learning experiences that inspire students to take control of their own learning.

Key features

  • Adds an important new title to Corwin's strong line of products for differentiated instruction
  • Makes adolescent brain research implications clear and practical for teachers

  • Expands Corwin offerings for middle school and secondary
  • Includes strategies for ELL
  • Addresses differences in literacy skills
  • Emphasizes importance of social learning for adolescents
  • Customizes Universal Design for teaching adolescents
  • Includes ways to incorporate technology as tool for differentiation


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Glenda Beamon Crawford

Glenda Beamon Crawford’s experiences with young adolescent learners span nearly thirty years. She has taught in grades 4–12 and currently coordinates the middle grades program at Elon University, where she is a professor of teacher education. She has authored three books, including Managing the Adolescent Classroom and Sparking the Thinking of Students, Ages 10–14, as well as articles on structuring classrooms for adolescent thinking and learning. She consults and presents regularly at state, national, and international conferences. Her research and teaching honors include the 2002 North Carolina Award for Outstanding Contribution to Gifted Education, the North Carolina ASCD Outstanding Research Award, and the Teacher of the Year Award.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by David H. Reilly


About the Author

Introduction and Overview

1. Differentiation and the Learning Brain

It's All About Good Teaching Practice

The Learning Brain

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Cognitive Access for Learning

Evolving Conversations About Differentiation

Developmentally Responsive Differentiation

The Language of Differentiation

Content Differentiation

Process Differentiation

Product Differentiation

Powerful Learning Experiences

Differentiation Design Principles

Summary and Looking Ahead

2. Differentiation and Adolescent Development

Adolescent Development

Adolescents as Learners

Personal Connection

Emotional Engagement

Appropriate Intellectual Challenge

Purposeful Social Interaction

Metacognitive Development

A Supportive Learning Environment

A Prime Time for Learning

Brain-Compatible Instruction: A Summary

Summary and Looking Ahead

3. Adolescent-Centered Differentiation: Evaluation, Expectation, Engagement, and Exploration

Start With the Students

A Curriculum of Consequence

Getting and Keeping Their Attention

Flexigle Opportunities for Interaction

Summary and Looking Ahead

4. Metacognitive Extension in Adolescent-Centered Differentiation

The Power of Adolescent Metacognition

Cognitive Modeling

Metacognitive Coaching

Guided Metacognitive Inquiry

Teaching for Transfer

Differentiation in PBL: Two Examples

Summary and Looking Ahead

5. A Differentiated Learning Environment: The Affective, Social-Emotional, and Physical Dimensions

Invitations to Learn

The Social Dimension of the Learning Environment

Varying the Physical Environment

Managing the Differentiated Learning Environment

Summary and Looking Ahead

6. The Intellectual Dimension in the Differentiated Environment

The Intellectual Dimension of the Learning Environment

Interaction in the Differentiated Learning Environment

The New Geography of Learning

Summary and Looking Ahead

7. Learning Patterns and Profiles

Patterns of Responsive Teaching

Determining Student Variance

Clusters of Commonality

Cluster 1: Gifted or Advanced Learners

Cluster 2: English Language Learners (ELL)

Cluster Group 3: Students With Learning Challenges

Summary and Looking Ahead

Epilogue: A Shared Commitment to Equity

Project-Based Learning

In Conclusion

Glossary of Adolescent-Centered Differentiation Terminology





Price: $40.95
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