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Differentiated Instructional Strategies for the Block Schedule

Differentiated Instructional Strategies for the Block Schedule

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August 2012 | 336 pages | Corwin
Block scheduling can follow many different formats, but all are designed to accommodate learner-centered teaching approaches in place of traditional teacher lecturing. One of the most powerful instructional approaches combines differentiation with formal or informal block schedules, and that is the focus of this important new book by best-selling authors Gayle Gregory and Lynne Herndon. Covering all aspects of differentiated teaching and learning in extended periods of instructional time, this book includes chapters on classroom climate; student assessment; learning styles and multiple intelligences; data-driven and standards-based lesson planning; teaching methods; and curriculum alignment. The authors provide in-depth coverage of research and best practices, offering readers more than 100 planning tools, matrixes, rubrics, templates, and choice boards.
About the Authors
1. Introduction
2. Who Are the Learners?
3. Planning for Instruction
4. Classroom Management
5. Brain-Based Learning
6. Lesson Plans in Action
7. Evidence-Based Best Practices
8. Cooperative Learning
9. Assessing Student Learning
10. Using Assessment to Adjust, Compact, and Group
11. Technology Integration
12. Final Thoughts


Supplemental Resources Website
 Once you have Differentiated Instructional Strategies for the Block Schedule in hand, you will gain access to all backline masters and templates. Some of these templates are for teacher use and some will be used directly by students. The editable version allows you to simply open the appropriate file and save it to your computer. You can insert your own information into the templates so that they can be incorporated into your lessons.

Additionally, there are related journal articles to help further expand your knowledge.

“This is an incredible resource for teachers who are looking for ways to use best practices in planning for differentiation. The highly readable text is packed with user-friendly strategies for incorporating formative and summative assessments, brain-based learning, learning styles, backwards design lesson planning, and more. I will pick this book up again and again!”

Jodi Mulholland, Principal
Stonybrook School, Kinnelon, NJ

“The checklist for reviewing and analyzing curriculum maps is powerful, giving teachers guidance with differentiating instruction while teaching on the block.”

Delphia Young, Coordinator of Special Projects
Clayton County Public Schools, Jonesboro, GA

Gayle H. Gregory

Gayle H. Gregory is first and foremost a teacher, having experienced teaching and learning in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, community colleges, and universities. She has had extensive district-wide experience as a curriculum consultant and staff development coordinator. Gayle was principal/course director at York University for the Faculty of Education, teaching in the teacher education program.Her areas of expertise include brain-compatible learning, differentiated instructional and assessment strategies, block scheduling, emotional intelligence, student motivation, RTI Tier One, collaborative learning, common core, renewal... More About Author

Lynne E. Herndon

Lynne Herndon has over twenty years experience teaching science at the middle, high school and college level, five of which have been in a block schedule. She has conducted workshops at the local, state, and national levels in the areas of classroom management, curriculum mapping, differentiated instruction, integrating technology and teaching in a block schedule. She also has experience working in staff development, curriculum design and school improvement planning. Lynne’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in General Science from Buena Vista University and a Masters Degree in Science Education from the University of... More About Author