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D.I. (Middle School)

I really like the way Madison County Schools looks at D.I. (see http://www.madison-schools.com/Page/49)

Beliefs Regarding Differentiated Instruction (D.I.) (Middle School)

  1. Various levels of complexity

  2. Challenges students at appropriate developmental level

  3. Data driven decisions

  4. Flexible groupings based on student need and ability

  5. Content, process & product can be differentiated

  6. Qualitatively different – not quantitatively (student do different activities – NOT less work)

Differentiated Instruction in middle-school grades looks like..

  1. Variety of activities to address learning styles and levels of the curriculum

  2. Instruction and materials are appropriate to current levels of understanding.

Student Engagement

  • Active participation

  • Student inquiry

  • Teacher probing for understanding

  • Varying questions based on the level of the learners

Small group instruction that targets specific needs

  • Teachers use data to drive instruction

  • Small groups based on data (readiness), interest or learning styles

Planning and preparation

  • Lesson plans that reflect DI focus

  • Grade level meetings focused on data and DI

Evidence of use of data

  • Reteaching

  • Small group instruction

  • One on one assistance

Relevant Homework

  • Monitor what is being sent home

  • Monitor lesson plan for relevant homework that reinforces what is being taught in class

  • Varying homework assignments

  • Check for understanding