What is Differentiated Instruction & How to Apply it to your Classroom
Instructor: Joan Sousae, MAED
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $150 + Partner Course Fee: $199
Partner Class Offered Through NaMaYaPD
Differentiated instruction is the interweaving of decisions about students’ learning styles, the teaching methodology, the process and the product developed by the students through which they demonstrate understanding of the concepts and content. This course exposes prospective teachers to ideas and approaches behind differentiated instruction so that they are able to have a clearer understanding of how this approach impacts educational policies and practices. Students will read, view, design and analyze information from a variety of sources and make decisions that may impact their instructional designs and assessment decisions. This is the beginning in the process of applying theory to the 21st century classroom.
At the end of this section the participant will be able to:
- Design lessons and materials based on differentiated instruction theory and strategies.
- Prepare appropriate, differentiated lessons that correspond with explicit content areas and learning goals at various stages of instruction.
- Examine assistive technology and determine how to utilize it to implement differentiated lessons.
- Analyze content area concepts and student learning styles, strengths and weaknesses to develop lessons based on differentiated instruction principles.
- Describe major theories of learning that are relevant to the content of one’s lesson plans and the selection of classroom materials.
- Reflect on his/her individual philosophy of education and incorporate principles of differentiated instruction.
A list of readings will be provided upon course enrollment.
Pre-registration with NaMaYa PD is required.
Please register at http://school.namaya.com/pd/ before registering for NDSU Credit.
NOTE: Upon registration, you have 4 months for course completion.