Chapter 7: Yes, But …

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This week we have read Chapter 7. Respond as you did last week and reply to someone’s reflection on their blog or below as you wish.

  1. What are the key questions you believe students would ask you about differentiation? What specific responses and steps might you take to help them join you in establishing and maintaining an effectively differentiated classroom?
  2. What key questions do you believe parents would pose about differentiation? What responses and steps would you need to take to help them understand your goals initially? As the year progresses?
  3. What might you do to rebuild the trust of parents who feel their students have frequently been ineffectively served in school?
  4. What might you do to establish the trust and partnership of parents who stay away from school because they themselves have not felt welcomed or accepted in school?

Mrs. P

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Chapter 6: Routines in a Differentiated Classroom

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This week we have read Chapter 6. Respond as you did last week and reply to someone’s reflection on their blog or below as you wish.

  1. This chapter is organized around seven topics that teachers often cite as “hot spots” or areas of concern in managing a differentiated classroom. Take time to discuss each of the seven topics in detail. Consider generating a three-column chart (on chart paper, an overhead, a computer, or a white board) that lists each topic, the concerns group members have about that topic, and some strategies for addressing those concerns.
  2. The authors assert that teachers are learners who, just like their students, become discouraged if work seems overwhelming. They suggest that teachers should start with design and implementation of a few key routines and add others as they and their students become comfortable with existing routines. Discuss which routines you think would be most powerful to introduce early in terms of student success.

Mrs. P

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