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Myths About Differentiated Instruction
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How does it work?
Orbital studies can be done individually or in small groups. They are usually done in middle years to high school classrooms and are short term (3-6 weeks). Students are able to choose their own topic that orbits around the curriculum. Once the students have completed their investigation, they present it to five of their classmates for 10-20 minutes using a display or demonstration; they also have a 1 page handout for their audience.
How Do You Assess It?
The student and teacher collaborates together to form a grading system in the form of a rubric.
Teachers do not assist students with their investigation
Teachers are still present in their students investigation, they are monitoring their students, coach them for high-quality outcomes, as well as ensure they are on task.
-Students will not put lots of effort into their work as it is a research project.
Students are energized to work on their project since they were able to choose their own topic; they have the most interest in it.
The Differentiated Classroom Responding to the Needs of All Learners,
By Carol Ann Tomlinson
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