Summary of Exit-Card entries from September 19 Workshops:


Good place to find resources for differentiated instruction. There are also resources such as enhancelearning.ca that give tutorials, lesson plans, and teacher projects and resources.

The goal of our Classrooms for the Future program is to blend technology with DI. This improves every aspect of our curriculum and instruction. -Ian McCoog, Southern Columbia High School

I plan to go back to my district and explore and learn more about DI. In doing so start creating opportunites by using DI strategies. As my teachers become more aware of the technology and integration I will start having workshops on DI and assisting them in their quest to be 21st century teachers and giving students the 21st century skills. I really enjoyed this, great idea with the DI when we came in based upon our ability it makes the learning more relevant to me when I approach my own classroom.

This was helpful in that it reminded me that DI is not intended to be 'differentiated' for every single student in every single class. The teacher is differentiating by topic, or by rigor, or by interest. I'd recommend starting slowly, as always.
Thanks so much, Bill.

There is so much more to learn about D.I instruction. I would like to follow-up by checking out this wiki when I have more time to explore and check this out.

We looked at text to voice free sites. It would be a great help for those kids who can't read.

This was a very good session. It would have improved if it were longer because we would have had more time to share ideas. I learned DI is about choices for students. I think that trying to match their worked to their strengths and interests is a great idea. The more we can engage them and meet them in their comfort zone the more effective we will be.

I need to learn more about diffentiating instruction because my teachers need to be doing more of this. Now that we are getting our CFF equipment, it is a perfect time to begin doing this in our classrooms. Most teachers think it is difficult, but the more I read & learn, it can be done more easily than originally thought. I look forward to bring d.i. to P-O!!!

Great Site for Using Technology for DI: www.wested.org/cs/tdl/print/docs/tdl/home.htm
Includes many possible methods and ready-to-use tools.

I have found so many wonderful resources and find there is just not enough time to do all I want to do. I look forward to following up on many of the links, resources, etc.

Summary of Exit-Card entries from September 26 Workshops:


I came into the group to find more about DI, which I didn't think I had any experience with...and I discovered that I did have a little experience with DI, mostly in kindergarten during student teaching...can I do this in my fifth grade class?...YES, but I need to do further research to discover engaging ways to accomplish this...

Enhance Learning with Technology
good site with general to specific information.

There is alot of information out there we just need more time to explore it.

I like the way the workshop was structured. It is a powerful tool for modeling what we would like to see teachers do in their classrooms. I plan (time permitting) to structure an upcoming professional development activity using your model. Thanks!

I expored wikispaces which I have never used before. I learned how to navigate through wikispaces and join those spaces of interest.

I need to really sit down and spend time looking into differentiated instruction. I know this is going to be a tough sell for some teachers, especially those who are veterans. We were not trained to do this, especially those of us who teach at the secondary level. There is also so much pressure on us to make AYP in the PSSA. We seem to be spending so much time teaching to the test it is going to be difficult to convince administrators, school boards, and teachers that DI is way to go.

I'd like to give some specific strategies I learned today, but I'm not at that point after our short session today. I am, however, able to say that D.I. is once again fresh in my mind, and the impetus is there for me to follow up on this presentation and find some more specific D.I. strategies that I'll be able to use in my English classroom.

These are great resources for teachers. Many teachers feel that DI means 24 different lesson plans. Using these resources teachers will be able to understand how to meet the needs of all students.
Finally, it is very important to start small and incorporate more and more strategies as you become comfortable.

After exploring with my partner today we agreed that part of the problem rests in a teacher's perception that DI is just one more thing to add on to a lesson. In actuality there are probably aspects of DI that are going on, yet not with much intentionality or purpose. Integration, multiple intelligences, DI, we don't increase the pile, we step back and plan purposeful instruction with a variety of activities to generate deep, critical and creative thinking. Two gurus of situated learning may help in this area - see more at this link http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Lave_and_Wenger_Chapter_1

There is a lot of stuff here. But this is a great start.
thanks

I have found some valuable resources for DI instruction. It is such a vast subject and there were several websites that help you begin to understand the strategy.

As a result of being here I will talk with my team of teachers about ways they have discovered in using technology to differentiate. I will then use those ideas in my trainings with other teachers. I will also remind everyone of the variety of ways to differentiate.

I learned how to edit a wiki page which I have never done before. I contributed one link for the student resources for DI. I also learned through the flow wiki about the 3-2-1 countdown and added that to my widgets. I have seen this presentation before and I was very glad to see the additions to the site and how it has evolved. I liked the use of task cards.

The sites that I found were specific which I have not found to be the case anytime I have heard the word differentiation. I have heard all week how specific is better than general, yet most times this topic is presented in a general way.

What am I taking away from this workshop today ? A greater understanding of differentiated instruction, more lesson plan ideas, and a quick look at a book by K. Nunley that I have seen advertised but have never had time to view. Thanks ! This was great. I plan to come back and visit this wiki as well as refer some of my teachers to it.

This was a very informative workshop. I only had time to review one article but it was excellent. It was an eduspaces article called Ten Tips for Differentiation. I definitely recommend this article to anyone looking for ideas on how to differentiate instruction in 10 different areas. I have joined the site and plan to share this with others in my district.

The universal design concept of change of instruction without making individualized instruction plans is interesting. I wonder how long it would take to put a plan together and effect on confidence of the educator as they try it.

I am going to work a bit more on Curriculum Compacting on both ends of the spectrum of the "I'm bored." Technology could help to focus on both ends.

This was an excellent resourse. I'm going to be bookmarking it and using it to share with my CFF teachers and the rest of the teachers in my building.

A good refocus for thinking about DI. I know it's out there and sometimes I think I do it but this helps it make more sense.
Thanks for your time and efforts in sharing.

The use of technology should include the fusion of D.I. just like a lesson that doesn't include technology. Technology has the ability to include all of the intelligences described by Howard Gardner. Important to remember D.I. even when usung technology!

I learned that I already know a lot - just have to fine tune the effort to purposefully ensure D.I. strtegies are there and used properly.

Thanks for great energy and an interesting topic. It is refreshing to think about more than just technology. All students will benefit from DI combined with technology integration.

I have learned that allowing students to create authentic projects is a great opportunity for educational ownership. Also, students can be creative in their approach to learning. Finally, projects can be a fantastic assessment tool.

I want to continue to explore the teAchnology website for differentiating instruction. Of great value is the section on how to begin differntiated instruction.

Good links
General and specific informtion
Need time to visit other links

This was interesting but short. It took some time to get comfortable with where things were on the site but then the process worked well.