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Facilitator's Guide to Differentiating the High School Classroom
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Facilitator's Guide to Differentiating the High School Classroom
Solution Strategies for 18 Common Obstacles

  • Kathie F. Nunley - Educational consultant and teacher trainer, Help4Teachers.com, Brains.org


May 2008 | 48 pages | Corwin

Help teachers overcome the 18 most common obstacles to differentiating instruction for high school students!

Designed to accompany the best-selling book Differentiating the High School Classroom: Solution Strategies for 18 Common Obstacles, this facilitator's guide provides staff developers with the necessary tools to demonstrate how teachers can confidently meet the challenge of differentiating instruction in high school classrooms. Facilitators will be able to address concerns voiced by real teachers, such as "I have too much content to cover," or "I can't grade all those different assignments," or "I thought I was differentiating." Use this guide to help participants review and understand critical pedagogical and curriculum issues as you lead discussions about effective ways to

  • Identify individual students' learning styles
  • Approach content in ways that give students choices
  • Vary the process for achieving learning objectives
  • Create different methods to assess what students learn
  • Use assessments as teaching tools

This chapter-by-chapter study guide features

  • Chapter summaries
  • Discussion questions
  • Timed activities
  • Prompts for journal writing
  • Practical applications
  • Overheads and activity sheets
  • A workshop evaluation form

Whether used to help lead independent studies, one-day workshops, or extended workshops, this guide gives facilitators a solid background to successfully lead trainings for groups of any size—pairs, small workshops, or large seminars.


 
About the Author
 
Introduction
How to Use This Guide

 
Additional Resources for Facilitators

 
 
Chapter-by-Chapter Study Guide: Differentiating the High School Classroom: Solution Strategies for 18 Common Obstacles by Kathie F. Nunley
 
Welcome and Workshop Starter
 
Introduction: I Just Can't Do That in MY School/Classroom/Situation
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activities

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
Journal Prompt

 
 
Chapter 1 Obstacle: I Long to Return to the Good Old Days
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Journal Prompt

 
 
Chapter 2 Obstacle: I Thought I Was Differentiating
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 3 Obstacle: I Teach the Way I Was Taught
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activities

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 4 Obstacle: I Don’t Know How
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 5 Obstacle: I Have Too Much Content to Cover
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 6 Obstacle: I’m Good at Lecturing
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Journal Prompt

 
 
Chapter 7 Obstacle: I Can’t See How I Would Grade All Those Different Assignments
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 8 Obstacle: I Thought Differentiated Instruction Was for Elementary Schools
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 9 Obstacle: I Subscribe to Ability Grouping
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 10 Obstacle: I Have Real Logistic Issues
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Journal Prompt

 
 
Chapter 11 Obstacle: I Want My Classroom Under Control
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 12 Obstacle: I Don’t Know How to Measure My Students' Learning Style
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 13 Obstacle: I Have Neither the Time nor the Funding for All That
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 14 Obstacle: I’ve Been Teaching This Way for Years, and It Works
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 15 Obstacle: There’s No Support for It at My School
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 16 Obstacle: My District Requires Me to Follow a Prescribed Text
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 17 Obstacle: Parents Expect Lecture Format in High School for College Prep
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Putting It Into Practice

 
 
Chapter 18 Obstacle: The Bottom Line—If They Are Learning, You Are Teaching
Chapter Summary

 
Discussion Questions

 
Activity

 
Journal Prompt

 
 
Overheads and Activity Sheets
Overhead 1: Workshop Starter

 
Overhead 2: Differentiated Instruction

 
Overhead 3: The Power of Episodic Memory

 
Activity Sheet 1: Differentiating All Three Learning Areas

 
Activity Sheet 2: Layered Curriculum

 
 
Workshop Evaluation Form

"I have always recommended layered curriculum as the best way to differentiate at the middle and high school levels, but this book really offers not only an explanation of the strategy, but also real steps to making it work."

Marilee Sprenger, Educational Consultant
Author, Differentiation Through Learning Styles and Memory

"Packed with thought-provoking questions and relevant activities, this superb complement to Kathie Nunley’s book will definitely help facilitators give high school teachers the confidence to successfully differentiate their classroom instruction. "

David A. Sousa, Educational Consultant
Author, How the Brain Learns

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