Every classroom is made up of individuals with diverse strengths, backgrounds, and approaches to learning. Understanding and responding to students’ individual learning styles and needs can be a challenge for teachers. Participants in this course, Differentiated Instruction: Enhancing Student Learning Outcomes, will be introduced to learning theory related to learning styles and multiple intelligences, as well as web-based resources to assist teachers in both identifying students’ learning styles and intelligences and engaging students in activities which best suit those styles and intelligences. Participants will become familiar with teaching strategies and tools targeted for each learning style and intelligence and develop a preliminary lesson plan using those strategies and tools.
Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Defining Differentiated Instruction
Week 3: Preparing Your Classroom for Differentiated Instruction
Week 4: Identifying Student Strengths and Needs
Week 5: Strategies for Differentiating Instruction
Week 6: Using Technology to Support Differentiated Instruction
Week 7: Assessment in the Differentiated Classroom
This is an advanced level course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of eLearning’s VirtualSC PD. All course materials found within the workshop are available online.