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Differentiated Instructional Strategies for the Block Schedule
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Differentiated Instructional Strategies for the Block Schedule

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June 2010 | 336 pages | Corwin
Block scheduling can follow many different formats, but all are designed to accommodate learner-centered teaching approaches in place of traditional teacher lecturing. One of the most powerful instructional approaches combines differentiation with formal or informal block schedules, and that is the focus of this important new book by best-selling authors Gayle Gregory and Lynne Herndon. Covering all aspects of differentiated teaching and learning in extended periods of instructional time, this book includes chapters on classroom climate; student assessment; learning styles and multiple intelligences; data-driven and standards-based lesson planning; teaching methods; and curriculum alignment. The authors provide in-depth coverage of research and best practices, offering readers more than 100 planning tools, matrixes, rubrics, templates, and choice boards.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Who Are the Learners?
 
3. Planning for Instruction
 
4. Classroom Management
 
5. Brain-Based Learning
 
6. Lesson Plans in Action
 
7. Evidence-Based Best Practices
 
8. Cooperative Learning
 
9. Assessing Student Learning
 
10. Using Assessment to Adjust, Compact, and Group
 
11. Technology Integration
 
12. Final Thoughts
 
References
 
Index

“This is an incredible resource for teachers who are looking for ways to use best practices in planning for differentiation. The highly readable text is packed with user-friendly strategies for incorporating formative and summative assessments, brain-based learning, learning styles, backwards design lesson planning, and more. I will pick this book up again and again!”

Jodi Mulholland, Principal
Stonybrook School, Kinnelon, NJ

“The checklist for reviewing and analyzing curriculum maps is powerful, giving teachers guidance with differentiating instruction while teaching on the block.”

Delphia Young, Coordinator of Special Projects
Clayton County Public Schools, Jonesboro, GA
Key features
  • Teachers will find all the tips and tools they need to use projects, centers, choice boards, graphic organizers, and many other research-based teaching strategies proven to help diverse learners succeed during extended periods of instructional time.
  • Instructional leaders, curriculum designers, and teacher trainers will find more than 100 planners, matrixes, templates, rubrics, and choice boards that can be adapted to multiple block formats.
  • By Gayle H. Gregory and Lynne E. Herndon, authors of best-selling resources in professional development for teachers and school leaders.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Who Are the Learners?


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