Differentiated Instruction

James Hooten | Dropping Back In

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James Hooten felt he hadn't accomplished much in life before graduating from YouthBuild Louisville. YouthBuild Louisville is part of a national program that helps young people earn their high school diplomas or equivalencies while learning new skills and helping their communities. Hooten shares his experience with YouthBuild, discussing how it helped him become a business owner and role model for his children. Learn more at the Dropping Back In web site.

Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²)

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Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) is a three-tiered approach to student learning that is focused on prevention and early intervention. RTI² uses assessment for instruction, intervention, and transition between these tiers for K-12 students as they develop skills in reading, reading comprehension, reading fluency, mathematics calculation, mathematics problem solving, and written expression. Learn more about RTI² and its implementation from experts at the Tennessee Department of Education.

Learning is Social (Odd Squad) | Teaching Tips

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In this segment, a 1st grade teacher shares her teaching tips for encouraging collaboration in the classroom, using technology, and pairing students in small groups.

Teaching Tactile Graphics – Lucia Hasty

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Educator Lucia Hasty describes best practices for including tactile graphics within textbooks and classroom activities, in these videos produced by Perkins School for the Blind. She explains the differences between visual and tactile learning styles, and notes that tactile learning is not simply re-presenting printed information in a raised format. In making tactile material for use in the classroom, teachers must be mindful of which information is key to the lesson, and to present it for greatest success.

Strength in Numbers: Closing Achievement Gaps through Collaboration

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In this half hour documentary, follow principal Dr. Nancy Lubeski, in her search to improve the lives of her students in Strength In Numbers: Closing Achievement Gaps through Collaboration.  

2 years ago, Wexford Montessori Academy’s Principal, Dr. Nancy Lubeski, received sobering news. Her school had been designated as a high achievement gap school by the state of Michigan, which meant that it had one of the largest gaps between its top and bottom 30% of students. To help her students who were struggling, Dr. Lubeski got involved with a networked improvement community (NIC). Once in the NIC, she finally found the support she’d been searching for. She would work shoulder to shoulder with other principals, intermediate school district representatives, Michigan Department of Education personnel, and researchers from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest who were all united in one goal--to close the large achievement gaps in their schools and districts. Together, they would discover that the path to closing the achievement gap, though difficult, could become clearer through collaboration.

The film connects research to practice by sharing the story of Wexford Montessori Academy in Lansing, Michigan, which participated in a NIC facilitated by REL Midwest. It is a co-production of DPTV and the Institute of Education Sciences' Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest.

Academic Vocabulary in the Common Core: Disciplinary Vocabulary

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This resource focuses on the Specialty Disciplines and includes video footage of classroom teachers engaging students with their content through focused vocabulary study in social studies and science classrooms. For an overview of academic vocabulary please watch the first lesson in this series: Academic Vocabulary in the Common Core: An Introduction.

Fluency: Questioning

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In this video, viewers observe adult education instructor Tanya Johnson as she models how to ask questions based on the reading. She explains that questioning is a way of "talking" to the text and allowing the text to "talk back". Johnson challenges learners to demand the text make sense.

These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection.

Overview | Write in the Middle Workshop 5: Teaching Multigenre Writing

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The one hour video in Workshop 5 centers on multigenre writing, an eclectic approach to writing instruction that offers students a wide range of options for expressing ideas and communicating knowledge. As students explore different avenues for translating what they think or know into writing, they begin to understand that there is no single right way to communicate. Instead, writing demands intelligent, informed choices based on purpose, audience, content, and personal preference.

Fight Over High-Stakes Testing in Schools Continues

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Find out why some Seattle school teachers oppose standardized testing with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from October 21, 2015.

Geometry and Spatial Relations: It's a Perfect Fit (Part 3)

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In this professional development video, teachers focus on the topic of geometry and spatial relations by combining geoblocks to make three-dimensional shapes. This video can be used in conjunction with the "It's a Perfect Fit (Part 3)" lesson plan, as well as the "It's a Perfect Fit (Part 1 and Part 2)" videos and lesson plans.

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