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Differentiating Instruction ... One Size Doesn't Fit All

Effective Strategies to Improve Student Performance !

     

We have students in our classrooms who struggle academically and others who learn at an advanced level and accelerated pace.  We can meet the needs of all learners by differentiating instruction.  This workshop provides an understanding and application of the principles and strategies needed to set up a classroom that provides success and challenge for academically diverse students.  All students are regularly offered CHOICES.  Based on the student's readiness levels, interests, and learning profile, we modify the content, process, product and/or learning environment.  Differentiating instruction makes teaching more interesting and effective as YOU meet the needs of your students.  To plan a workshop contact franny@learnerslink.com.

Testimonials about the workshops --

Fran McAleer is a valuable contributor to our work, training to create a new and better workplace in our schools.  Her efforts in exploring and experiencing creativity successfully engages even the most staid and conservative participants.  She is a unique, effervescent individual who constantly models what she teaches.  I recommend her work most highly.  I would be pleased to talk further with anyone considering her services.    John C. Champlin, Ph. D., Executive Director, Institute for Quality Learning, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, Former Superintendent, Johnson City Schools, New York, and National Superintendent of the Year

More!  We want more! The presentation was not enough. We want you to help us be as enthusiastic as you are and go to the level of success with our students as you do with yours!  Skip Little, Ph. D., Northern Arizona University and Arizona Educational Summit Committee

Franny McAleer has been providing staff development for teachers in the Berwick Area School District for the last four years, including whole staff workshops with the Six Thinking Hats as well as focused workshops detailing best practices with instructional strategies for gifted and honors students.  Many of our teachers know that when Franny comes to do an in-service, they will go home tired, but it will have been a productive day. She challenges their beliefs and has helped them raise their level of higher order thinking within their classrooms.  It's also difficult not to have a good time when Franny comes to town!  Holly Morrison, Director of Curriculum, Berwick Area School District

AWESOME!  Invigorating, realistic and practical!  Franny makes the workshops easy to understand and comes with practical ideas for accomplishing her goals. The trainers and teachers are engaged throughout the workshops and Franny sets high, but attainable, expectations for the people involved in the trainings.  Monique Mawhinney, Director of Student Services,  Hampton Township School District

Franny did a tremendous job of inspiring and engaging participants in a one-day training session on differentiation.  The participants enjoyed the group interaction and the practical tips she provided.  Ann Lupkowski Shoplik, Ph.D., Director, C-MITES, Carnegie Mellon University, PA

The presenter knew her topic and was open to all questions.  Franny created an energetic atmosphere!  Activities I can use!  Thank you for an enjoyable day!  I liked Franny’s interactive workshop style.  Franny’s website is great. I’m definitely going to use it.  Comments from teachers' attending the Carnegie Mellon workshop

Franny McAleer is a dynamic presenter.  She engages the professional teachers in active, hands on participatory learning.  She illustrates the importance of differentiating instruction through her quick response to the varied needs of the workshop participants.  Her handouts provide valuable guides to implement differentiation of instruction within the classroom setting.  I recommend Franny McAleer as a teacher workshop presenter without hesitation. Ruth Carson, Project Coordinator, New Kensington-Arnold School District

"This workshop got nothing but rave reviews."  Mandi Davis, Pupil Services Coordinator, Propel Schools

Differentiation Instruction Graduate Course Journal

Teacher and parent links are blue.  Student links are red.

          

Differentiation Framework:  Seven (7) Keys to Differentiating Instruction Desk Reminder

Readiness

bullet   Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom (ppt)
bullet   Brain Research
bullet   Interactive Brain
bullet   Left Brain, Right Brain Survey
bullet   Hemispheric Dominance Test 

Interests/Passions

bullet     Interest and Skill Survey

Learning Profiles

bullet     Learning Profile On Line Survey
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    Learning Styles - Cognitive Preference Inventory (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic)

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    Learner Profile Assessments including Dr. Renzulli

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    Learning Styles, Modalities and Strategies 

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    Webquest of Self-Discovery:  Strengths and Weakness, Personality Inventories

Student Learning Objectives:

Content:

bullet     Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom (ppt)
bullet     Curriculum Compacting - Eight Steps with Examples (ppt)
bullet     Curriculum Compacting
bullet     Curriculum Compacting Study, University of Connecticut, Why Not Let High Ability Students Start School in January?

Process:  Bloom's Hierarchy for questioning and learning objectives

bullet     Benjamin Bloom's Higher Order Questioning Card
bullet     Bloom and Differentiated Tasks
bullet    Differentiation Model, ASCD
bullet     Questioning and Process Differentiation with Bloom

Process:  Bloom and DeBono

bullet     Edward DeBono and Benjamin Bloom's Questioning Card

 Process:  DeBono

Product:  Gardner's Multiple Intelligences

bullet     Gardner's Multiple Intelligences (SMARTS) -  Posters, Brochures and Checklists
bullet     Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Chart
bullet     Gardner's Multiple Intelligences - Teaching Children
bullet     Book Investigations/Reports:  Tiering Using the Multiple Intelligences and Bloom's Differentiation Matrix for Non-Fiction and Fiction
bullet     Sing-A-Long Songs for Product Differentiation

Learning Environment

bullet Classroom Management in a Differentiated School  ppt
bullet Classroom Management Techniques
bullet Classroom Management - The Classroom And The School As An Inclusive Community

An Analogy - If the Animals Had a School

Templates for Differentiating Instruction

How to Differentiate Instruction Using Six Hats® and Product Choices - PowerPoint

Differentiation Topics

bullet       Anchor Activities
bullet         Arts and Science Integration in Ocean Unit
bullet         Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom (ppt)
bullet         Authentic Assessment
bullet         Brain Research
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        Brain Based Strategies - Interactive Brain

bullet         Centers
bullet         Center Ideas
bullet         Classroom Management in a Differentiated School  ppt
bullet         Classroom Management Techniques
bullet         Classroom Management - The Classroom And The School As An Inclusive Community
bullet         Curriculum Compacting - Eight Steps with Examples (ppt)
bullet         Curriculum Compacting
bullet         Curriculum Compacting Study, University of Connecticut, Why Not Let High Ability Students Start School in January?
bullet         Differentiating Instruction Laminated Reference Card
bullet         Differentiated Instruction - What is it?  How might you assess it?
bullet         Enrichment Resources
bullet         Essential Questions
bullet         Giftedness:  Biological Differences
bullet         Gifted Strategies
bullet         Graphic Organizers
bullet         Graphic Organizers, printable with subject connections
bullet         Layered Curriculum Samples
bullet         Instruction and Technology
bullet         Inquiry Process
bullet         Inquiry in the K-5 Classroom
bullet         Inquiry Rubric
bullet         Kindergarten Classroom (ppt)
bullet         Learning Contract, Elementary
bullet         Learning Contract, Middle and High School
bullet         Learning Contract Resources K-12, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
bullet         Product Pouch and Porta Centers(Bloom) by Engine-Uity
bullet         Rubric Building at Rubistar
bullet         Special Subject Strategies:  Art, Music, Physical Education, ESL, Library, and More
bullet         Strengths Movement - Affinities Program
bullet         TicTacToe Template
bullet         TIERing:  Writing TIERed Assignments Including a Template and Examples
bullet         Tiered Assignments, Critical Questions
bullet         Tiering for Book Investigations Using the Multiple Intelligences and Bloom Matrix
bullet         Tiered Curriculum by Readiness, Interest and Learning Profile in Math, Science and Language Arts
bullet         Tiered Instruction:  Description, Practices, Examples, Assessment, Resources
bullet         Tiered Instruction:  How to PPt
bullet         Tiering and Art Work Reflecting the Theme of Democracy
bullet         Videolog Observation - Using SMARTS with media
bullet         Website Hotlist

Anchors to Challenge

bullet     Mensa 33 Puzzle Questionnaire   
bullet     Stickee Sticks
bullet     Wright Family Story

Webquests - Searching - Examples to Explore - Creating Your Own

bullet         Searching for Information About Webquests
bullet         Finding Webquests
bullet         First Grade Webquests
bullet         Tasks:  Retelling, Compilation, Mystery, Journalistic, Design, Creative Production, Consensus Building, Persuasion, Self-Knowledge, Judgment, Analytical 
bullet         Three Branches of Government
bullet         Chocolate Chip Cookies (social studies, math and language)
bullet         Author study of Patricia Polacco
bullet         C.S.I. (Cool Shape Investigation) Exploring Shapes: Grade 3, high 2nd, review 4th.  Simple, colorful, engaging, “Process” link lists
bullet         What's so great about the United States? Explore the coins in the 50 State Quarters® Program
bullet         They Fought for Freedom - Why do we honor military veterans?
bullet         Creating Webquests
bullet         More on Constructing Your Own Webquest
bullet         Webquests from Planning to Publishing
bullet         A Webquest of Self-Discovery:  Strengths and Weakness, Personality Inventories

Language Arts

bullet         Language Arts
bullet         Best of the Web - Activities in All Content Areas
bullet         Language Arts, Middle School Tiered Activity - Heroes and Heroines
bullet         Tiered Activity, Persuasive Essay
bullet         Think Tac Toe, Book Report
bullet         Writing Applications to The Giver Tiered Activity by Readiness
bullet         Literary Analysis Tiered Activity by Interest
bullet         Narrative Tiered Activity by SMARTS
bullet         Understanding and Using Information Tiered Activity by Readiness
bullet         Point of View Tiered Activity by Interest
bullet         Narrative Process Tiered Activity by SMARTS
bullet         Poetry Tiered Activity by Readiness
bullet         Expository Writing Tiered Activity by Interest
bullet         Rhetorical Devices Tiered Activity by Learning Profile

Mathematics

bullet         Mathematics
bullet         Best of the Web - Activities in All Content Areas
bullet         Differentiating in Math Ppt
bullet         Project Based Mathematics
bullet         Implementing Curriculum Compacting
bullet         Tiering by Readiness Interest, and Learning Profile, K-12

Science

bullet         Arts and Science Integration in Ocean Unit
bullet         Best of the Web - Activities in All Content Areas
bullet         Differentiating Instruction in Science
bullet         Science, Elementary Tiered Activity - Communities
bullet         Science Inquiry
bullet         Physics, High School Tiered Activity - Speed
bullet         Science Tiered by Readiness, Interest, and Learning Profile, K-12

Social Studies

bullet         Social Studies
bullet         Best of the Web - Activities in All Content Areas
bullet         Social Studies Sample Differentiated Lessons
bullet         Social Studies, Elementary, Differentiation Using Library of Congress Primary Sources to Tier Assignments
bullet         Social Studies, Secondary, Differentiation Using Library of Congress Primary Sources to Tier Assignments
bullet         Social Studies Differentiation Examples Using Primary Sources
bullet         Life in a Box
bullet         Library of Congress
bullet         National Archives:  Teaching with Authentic Documents
bullet         Graphic Organizers for History Lessons

Organizations

Teacher and Parent Resources

Resources and Activities for Students

 

No Child Left Behind:  A New Era in Education (Power Point)

Motivating Workshops ... Student -Tested, Student- Centered, Energizing, Hands On, Research Based

 Mailing  Address

321 Lorlita Lane,        Pittsburgh, PA 15241
 

   Email

franny@learnerslink.com

   Phone

724-413-6001