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Differentiation in the Reading Classroom

Contains rationale and implementation techniques for differentiating instruction in the reading classroom.
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Jeffrey Farley

on 12 August 2015

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Transcript of Differentiation in the Reading Classroom

A Hands-On Approach
Differentiation in the Reading Classroom
photo (cc) Malte Sörensen @ flickr
It's like shoes...
Why differentiate anyway?
Everybody talks about differentiation, but how do we do it?
We will look at three ways that we can
differentiate instruction in our reading classrooms...
Tiered assignments
Menus and What-now? Charts
And Accelerated Reader.
It's the law...
It makes sense...
While RtI is
most often associated with special education
eligibility decisions, it is fundamentally a
general educational instructional process
in which special education services are a
possible outcome if earlier interventions are
not successful. RtI is first and foremost an
instructional approach...
"Linking Response to Intervention and School Improvement to Sustain Reading
Outcomes", RMC Research Corporation under contract with the U.S. Department of Education
The Education Department's Institute of Education Sciences convened a panel to look at the best available evidence and expertise and formulate specific and coherent evidence-based recommendations to use Response To Intervention (RTI) to help primary grade students overcome reading struggles. The panel made five practice recommendations.

The second recommendation is to:

Provide differentiated reading instruction for all students based on assessments of students' current reading levels (tier 1).

Gersten, R., Compton, D., Connor, C.M., Dimino, J., Santoro, L., Linan-Thompson, S., and Tilly, W.D. (2008). Assisting students struggling with reading: Response to Intervention and multi-tier intervention for reading in the primary grades. A practice guide. (NCEE 2009-4045). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/publications/practiceguides/.
Code of Federal Regulations - get it?
In a tiered assignment, students all study the same concept or idea, but they study it at different levels according to ability and end up with different products that can be shared with the whole group.
Tiered Assignments
Make read alouds a common teaching text
Teach with diverse materials
Organize for instruction so you meet all reading levels
Value independent reading practice
Tier your assignments
Show students how to construct meaning while reading
Encourage discussion
Write to explore, think, learn, and improve comprehension
Use ongoing assessments to support each student
Plan your units carefully
Ten Best Practices to Differentiate Reading Instruction
"Differentiating Reading Instruction" by Laura Robb
Menus and What Now? Charts
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