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Seminar ImageDo-Able Differentiation: Varying Groups, Texts, and Support to Reach Readers

Developed by Michael F Opitz and Michael P Ford
Based on their PD resource, Do-able Differentiation: Varying Groups, Texts, and Supports to Reach Readers
Recommended Grade Level: Grades K - 8th

Understand how readers differ and what actions teachers can take to reach different readers.

Teachers are challenged to reach readers that often present widely different strengths and needs. What teachers bring to these readers in terms of supports, texts, and grouping makes all the difference. This course surveys what is known about differentiating instruction and then provides Opitz and Ford's down-to-earth advice on how to apply that knowledge in simple, practical ways. Participants will become familiar with and learn how to develop lessons using four models:

  • Grouping without tracking
  • Jigsawing
  • Connected literature circles
  • Focused Readers' Workshop.

The authors have designed these four models to make differentiation manageable and reading enjoyable for all readers, no matter their differences.

Course Goals:

  • Understand the primary role assessment plays in differentiating instruction
  • Discover how readers differ and what actions teachers can take to reach different readers
  • Explore the key elements of each model, including the kinds of texts, grouping (whole-group, small-group, pairs, or individuals), and differentiated reader support each requires
  • Learn what to do with the rest of your students when you are working with a small group
  • Examine sample lessons and plan one of your own using one of the four models from Do-Able Differentiation.

For seminar pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.