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Changing Teaching Practises

Changing Teaching Practises

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Learn how to teach efficiently
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How is the material presented?

The material is divided into five units; each unit introduces different suggestions,
strategies and activities. Strategies within each unit may be tried and used separately.
The last unit brings together various components and strategies from the other units.
This is done just to show how the various components and strategies can work togeth-
er. The five units of this material are:
1. Curriculum Differentiation and Our Students
2. Environmental Strategies
3. Instructional Learning Strategies
4. Assessment Strategies
5. Curriculum Differentiation: Putting It Together

For Facilitation is a practical tool, following each unit, which offers some suggestions
for teachers to use in the classroom. Even though the material is set up for individual
teachers to read and use, we hope that teachers will have the opportunity to work
together.

At the end of this book, there are three sections:
1. Sample Lessons
2. Glossary of Terms
3. References

In the Sample Lessons section, five example lessons are provided. These lessons demon-
strate various methods and activities used to differentiate the curriculum.

Important Note:

There are many components and strategies in curriculum differentiation.
Learning to use curriculum differentiation involves developing a reper-
toire of skills. Each skill contributes to one’s professional development and
each one builds upon the others. Over time, these skills can become an in-
tegral part of any classroom. However, learning any new teaching method
takes time to understand, practice and master. We learn what works for us
in teaching by what works and does not work for our students (i.e., whether
our students acquire the skills, concepts and behaviours we are teaching).
Even though all this can be overwhelming at first, it is important to take
the first step and try just one strategy at a time. Adapt the strategy to
be workable for you, your culture and your teaching style. Then add on
more strategies and create your own...soon you will feel comfortable with
curriculum differentiation and you will see the benefits in your students’
academic success. Also as you become more skilled you will be able to
integrate additional components of curriculum differentiation. You will
come to understand that curriculum differentiation is not “a variety of
activities.” It is a way of planning, assessing and teaching a heterogeneous
group of students in one classroom where all students are learning at their
optimal level.

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