Differentiated Learning IS Rigorous Work…

One of our key tenets is to support the learning experience for all students with an eye to raising the individual and collective bar in instruction, learning, and assessment. These efforts should be made to create the most inclusive of classrooms where all students feel an authentic sense of belonging and are supported in their learning.

While many consider conversations around inclusive education to focus on meeting needs of students identified with particularly learning disabilities the fact is the net for a truly inclusive education system is cast far further with consideration for race, gender, culture, gender identify, basically any effort required to best meet the learning needs of ALL students across the entire spectrum.

An inclusive system requires ongoing learning by the professionals in the system and levels of collaboration that provide opportunities for everyone in the school community to explore the data, ask questions about the gaps that are identified and work to improve the learning experience for all students.

An inclusive education system should challenge our thought process around streaming – particularly at the high school level.  Are we doing all we can to support students reaching and stretching – is that assistance universal?

Much of the reading that has been shared over the past several years ultimately has the potential to support efforts to be both inclusive and rigorous in providing the best possible education/learning experience.

In contemplating rigor Tony Wagner shares some thoughts specifically challenging the notion that it’s more work or “harder work” rather it’s better thinking, better questioning strategies, better evaluation methodologies.

Sources and Resources:

Edutopia’s Sept 2015 post – Round-up of Differentiated Instruction Resources

Larry Ferazzio is an active blogger and educator he has compiled a number of resources to support differentiated instruction including posts, articles, and video clips from folks like Rick Wormeli and Carol Ann Tomlinson.

Carol Ann Tomlinson has compiled a list of books, articles and videos – you can access those materials here.

Books on my list:

Anything from Carol Ann Tomlinson

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David Sousa’s work on differentiation and the brain – some repetition across the series but interesting differences across the spectrum

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