Differentiated Instruction for the Mixed-Ability Classroom

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    CPE Course #20120006

    Upcoming Session Dates

    September 12 - October 12, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is September 5, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before September 5, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after September 5, 2019.


    October 15 - November 13, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is October 8, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before October 8, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after October 8, 2019.


    November 16 - December 14, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is November 8, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before November 8, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after November 8, 2019.


    January 3 - January 30, 2020

    Registration deadline for this session is December 27, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before December 27, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after December 27, 2019.


    February 2 - March 1, 2020

    Registration deadline for this session is January 24, 2020. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before January 24, 2020. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after January 24, 2020.


    March 3 - March 31, 2020

    Registration deadline for this session is February 25, 2020. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before February 25, 2020. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after February 25, 2020.


     

    Course Description

    This three-credit graduate level course is designed to provide educators with an in-depth exploration of strategies they can use in their classrooms to differentiate instruction in order to meet the diverse needs of today's students, and in doing so, raise their self-esteem, increase their academic success in meeting the Pennsylvania Academic Standards, and perform well on state and local assessments. This is an online Moodle class, and each session contains a series of lessons, videos, written responses, and other activities.
     
    This course, which lasts approximately 30 days, will be completed strictly online using the Moodle platform. The instructor for this course is Agolino Educational Services. Pending receipt of payment, participants will receive an email from Agolino Educational Services containing their log-on information the night before the course begins.
     
    Participants who successfully complete all requirements of this course will earn Three (3) PDE Graduate Level Credits, equal to 90 Act 48 Hours.
     
    Participants will be able to:
    • explain why teachers need to differentiate instruction in the classroom.
    • identify and define flexible grouping, and discuss its role in a differentiated classroom.
    • illustrate why multisensory instruction is necessary to reach the diverse learners in our classrooms.
    • specify why it is necessary for teachers to present lessons with a combination of methods in order to effectively reach all learners.
    • suggest how teachers can deal with "fairness issues" when they provide academic or behavioral accommodations for individual students or do something for one student that is typically not done for the rest of the class.
    • list, identify and define Howard Gardner's nine multiple intelligences, and discuss how each individual possesses varying degrees of each of these intelligences.
    • examine the five main elements of cooperative learning.
    • analyze twelve ways in which teachers can use groups effectively.
    • summarize ways in which teachers and parents can help improve study skills for students who are struggling.
    • describe how writing difficulties are manifested because the process requires; pre-planning and organization, memory, spelling, language, grapho-motor skills, editing, self-monitoring, and speed of written output and production.
    • illustrate the following strategies for helping students become more successful writers: vocabulary and sentence structure, writing genres, self-monitoring/metacognition, and rubrics.
    • discuss the reading process and "what good readers do".
    • model strategies for building word recognition, reading vocabulary, and fluency. 
    • summarize and discuss thirteen reading comprehension/meaning making strategies.
    • analyze and discuss other active reading/discussion formats.
    • paraphrase why many students experience academic difficulty with mathematics.

    Graduate Level Requirement

    Act 48 requires 42 hours of instruction plus 48 hours of out-of-class activity including a course project. Participants' out-of-class assignments include but are not limited to:
    • complete activities that incorporate the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
    • each participant will write a plan of implementation that will include several of the differentiated instruction strategies presented in this course.  The paper will state how these strategies can be used in their own classrooms.
    • read and summarize chapters in How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms (2nd Ed).

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