Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner supports middle school teachers in teaching all students, including those with high ability. The book contains extension lessons in each content area with learning activities that align to the national content standards, embed ELA Common Core Standards, and correlate to DOK levels. The extension lessons provide for active learning tailored to address multiple learning levels. Using this semi-structured process ensures differentiated learning experiences that align to the standards while also respecting that students have different interests, different methods of learning, and most importantly, that they are learning at different challenge levels. The time is now upon us to emphasize interdisciplinary learning experiences that provide real-world connections and engage students in relevant and meaningful learning. We have long known that while critical for gifted and talented students, these higher level thinking strategies benefit all students.
Includes a foreword by Karin Hess, Ed.D.
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I can plan YEARS worth of projects with this book!
The book was sent to me free as a part of Library Thing’s early reviewer program. I became impressed and flooded with ideas within a few moments of thumbing through it. It will be useful for my middle school aged daughter next year, as well as an good springboard for ideas with her younger and older siblings.
It offers lesson descriptions that are aligned to “depth of knowledge” levels, as well as Common Core Standards and National Curriculum standards. As a home-school teacher, I am not required to follow either, but they can be helpful in planning to meet certain goals as well as end of year paperwork for the state.
The book provides lessons in English, Math, Science, Social Studies and “special subjects” like Art and foreign language. The idea is to plan activities and extensions based on the student’s current level of knowledge and ability.
Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner is a fantastic resource for teachers who want to meet the various needs of the students they serve. How much intervention is needed? Does the student need additional help? Or, perhaps she requires something extra challenging? Is the need intense? If so, is remediation or more advanced thinking the answer?
Brulles, Brown and Winebrenner offer teachers quality extension lessons using national standards and Depth of Knowledge Levels 1-4. To make differentiation accessible and easily implementable all core content areas are broken into subject titles such as Novel Studies, Poetry, Informational Text, United States History, Earth Science, Physics, and Geometry to name just a few. In addition, 19 of the extension lessons are written for specialist areas and electives coursework.
In my 20-year career as a classroom teacher over 2500 youth, grades K-12, depended upon me to provide personally relevant learning. That seems crazy...
This book is a classroom teacher's treasure box of ideas and tools for all learners. Just open and let the magic begin. You could be at the beginning of your career or have many year's experience and still benefit greatly from the wonderful ideas shared. It is one of the biggest time savers ever. The extension lessons provide ways for meaningful learning to continue, not stop when the main lesson is complete. All areas of curriculum are supported with a variety of activities. This makes it possible to meet the individual needs of all students. The flexibility rendered in these extensions allow for the same number of possibilities as the number of students you teach. Deborah Reker Gifted Coordinator & Library Specialist for Madison School District
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