Last month, I shared my “Key Takeaway’s” from a training by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt’s based on their text Best Practices at Tier 1: Daily Differentiation for Effective Instruction. (Tier 1) I also laid out what I saw as next steps for building differentiation into my teaching practice.
Step 1. Dive more deeply into the Tier 1 text. Over Spring Break, I got up early in Cabo (yes, I’m bragging) and finished reading and marking up the entire text. Then, I went back and took notes in my learning journal. In two weeks, the four of us that went to the training will share our learning with the rest of the staff.
Step 2. Dig into Marzano’s Big 9 Instructional Strategies. Well, maybe just a partial check mark. Follow this link Marzano Compendium of Instructional Strategies and you will get a free deep dive into Strategy 8: Identifying Similarities and Differences (and the opportunity to purchase access to the entire compendium). This strategy has a percentile gain of 45% or an effect size of 1.6, which is truly enormous. The document includes reproducibles to use with students and tools to set goals and track your own progress as you implement the strategy.
In physics, I have deliberately avoided handing my students the ways that gravitational forces and electrical forces are similar/different. They will pick from among a subset of the 15 similarities/differences tools to compare/contrast the two types of forces.
Step 3. Start with one vocabulary strategy such as a foldable. Add a Frayer Model. I taught my Algebra 2 students two vocabulary strategies. The foldable—flaps with terms to describe polynomials and definitions/examples underneath. The Frayer Model—a modified version that includes space for a visual representation—to describe exponential .
Step 5. Visit an Intermediate School science or math classroom. Not Yet.
Step 4. PERSIST. So far, so good. I’m not where I want to be in this journey, but I can see the progress made.
Here are my next steps:
- Teach my students more of the similarities/differences tools.
- Teach my students more vocabulary strategies.
- Give my students the chance to choose among the tools/strategies.
- Share the tools/strategies with my colleagues.
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