Differentiation: Meeting the needs of Diverse Learners

Date: 18th – 19th January 2019

Workshop Leader

Tania LATTANZIO is an experienced international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Regional Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role she works as a consultant extensively in Asia Pacific and other parts of the world.

This role involves developing and conducting professional development for teachers and leadership, modelling pedagogy in classrooms, developing and designing curriculum for schools and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment.

A passionate educator Tania works closely with educational institutions to specifically meet their needs in supporting school reform, making significant shifts in pedagogy and curriculum in both local and international settings. Tania has cowritten a book “Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts,’ available through Hawker Brownlow Publishing in Australia. M Ed (Curriculum and Administration), Grad Dip (Librarianship), Dip Ed

Workshop Description

This workshop will explore the principles of differentiation. It will examine what differentiation is and provide strategies for implementing differentiation in the classroom. Many examples of differentiation will be explored and participants will have the opportunity to develop differentiation tasks as a part of the workshop.

Audience: K-Middle School Teachers wanting to understand what differentiation is and how they can implement it in their classroom.

Language: English.


AGENDA

DAY 1

Session One 8:30 – 10:0O
– Examining what differentiation is
– Understanding that differentiation involves differentiating according to:
• Learning profile
• Student interest
• Readiness

Break

Session Two 10:30 – 12:00
– Examining how we can differentiate through:
• Process
• Product
• Content
• Affect
• Learning environment

Lunch

Session Three 1:00 – 3:00
– Understanding how our own beliefs impact the way we teach
– Exploring the 7 beliefs that involve teachers ‘teaching up’ in a differentiated classroom
– Investigating the role of KUDs in differentiation (know, understand, do) and how to identify these in our units
– Examining how we can differentiate understanding using a Rubric of Understanding
– Exploring respectful tasks that differentiate

DAY 2

Session Four 8:30 – 10:0O
– Developing a respectful task that involves teiring
– Developing a respectful task that involves student choice
– Understanding the role of compacting in a differentiated classroom and how we can do this

Break

Session Five 10:30 – 12:00
– Developing a respectful task that involves student choice
– Understanding the role of compacting in a differentiated classroom and how we can do this
– Examining the role of formative assessment as a way to differentiate

Lunch

Day 2 Session Six 1:00 – 3:00
– Planning provocations and prior knowledge for an upcoming unit as a way to differentiate
– Exploring the role of teacher questions as a differentiation tool
– Understanding and developing learning intentions and criteria as a way to differentiate
– Investigating the power of feedback as a way to differentiate
– Examining where to from here