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Differentiating Instruction in Your Classroom

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Differentiating Instruction in Your Classroom

Western Oregon University

  • Tuition: $375.00
  • Tuition: $345.00
  • (You Save: $30.00)
  • Number of: Hours 45
  • 3 university semester credits, 4 university quarter credits
    (university fees are additional)
  • System Requirements
What you need to know

CE Credits Online Courses Have Been Approved for Academic Credits through Western Oregon University

  • Start anytime and work at your own convenience
  • Available 24/7 from any computer with Internet access
  • One-on-one facilitation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Western Oregon University (WOU): WOU offers post baccalaureate, 600 graduate level credits based on the quarter system. The tuition cost is $50 per credit, plus a $10 processing fee, payable to CE Credits Online.

Step 1:
  Select your course(s) from the catalog tab above and enroll following the onscreen instructions.

Step 2: To request Western Oregon University (WOU) Credits:
Western Oregon University Registration Form

If you want WOU credit for the CE Credits Online course, you are required to submit a registration form for the course within 2 weeks of starting the class. Located on your “Student Homepage” (after you enroll) you will find a Request University Credit section under Obtaining Credits. You will select Western Oregon University and follow the instructions for requesting and paying for your WOU credits.

To ensure that you receive credit for a specific quarter, your request, registration form and payment need to be received 20 days before the end of that quarter or the first of the month, whichever one is earlier.  For example if the quarter ends on June 10th we would need to receive your request, registration form and payment by May 22nd.

Step 3:  Once the credit fee has been paid, your completion paperwork and WOU registration will be submitted to WOU 18 days prior to the quarter ending. Allow three weeks after the end of the quarter before requesting an official or unofficial transcript.

Quarter Ending date
Fall 2012  12/13/2013
Winter 2014  03/21/2014
Spring 2014  06/17/2014
Summer 2014  08/15/2014


You can find directions for requesting an official transcript on the Western Oregon University Registrar page.

Western Oregon DEP contact information
Division of Extended Programs
Western Oregon University
345 N Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361
Phone: 1-800-451-5767
Fax: 503-838-8473
Email: extend@wou.edu

Western Oregon University Registration Form
If you want WOU credit for the course, the Division of Extended Programs (DEP) of Western Oregon University requires completed DEP registration forms.  CE Credits Online will submit your course completion paperwork for each CE Credits Online course. Please print the Western Oregon University Registration Form and complete items #1-15, skip #14 Method of Payment. Sign and date on #16 and fax to CE Credits Online 1-425-844-4164 or mail to:

CE Credits Online
Attention: Sandra Blazevich
23224 NE 156th PL.
Woodinville, WA. 98077

CE Credits Online can not process your academic credit request without the completed Western Oregon University DEP registration form. If you have any questions please contact DEP office or visit the website: http://www.wou.edu/provost/extprogram/creditoverlay_CEONLINE.php.

Course Description

Course Description:

Student populations in schools today are very diverse. Students differ in their readiness to learn, the ways in which they prefer to learn, and the areas of interest that motivate their learning. Differentiated instruction is based on the belief that classrooms where students are active learners, active inquirers, and active problem solvers are more effective than those where students passively receive a “one-size-fits-all” curriculum.

This course introduces teachers to instructional strategies and methodologies that will enable them to create powerful learning experiences to meet the wide range of different student needs in their classrooms.

School improvement plans in virtually every school, regardless of grade level configuration, underscore the importance of helping all students achieve academic success and meet educational standards. It is clear from the research that the intentional use of differentiated instruction strategies is highly effective in meeting diverse learner needs and positively impacting student achievement.

This course focuses on best practices in differentiation and provides teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to implement these methods in their own classrooms. Through learning activities, and the practice and application of skills, participants gain new levels of expertise which will enable them to create instructional experiences in an engaging classroom atmosphere to help all of their students reach their full potential.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the principles of differentiated instruction
  • Learn the components of learning style and their applications in the classroom
  • Understand how enduring understanding, student engagement, student outcomes, and teacher behaviors that cause learning to happen are critical elements of differentiated instruction
  • Practice designing multiple paths to reach a specific learning objective
  • Create lessons that differentiate content, process, and product
  • Learn how to differentiate instruction to meet diverse student learning styles, readiness levels, and interests
  • Understand how brain-compatible learning corresponds with differentiated instruction methodologies
  • Design learning activities that increase student engagement by enhancing semantic, episodic, procedural, automatic, and emotional memories
  • Plan lessons that differentiate instruction across four continuums
  • Practice using tiered instruction and anchor activities with flexible groups
  • Design and use essential questions and effective questioning strategies
  • Understand how scaffolding and coaching can assist struggling learners
  • Explore practical ideas for increasing active student participation and using graphic organizers in a whole-class setting
  • Understand how to use assessment as an integral part of instruction in a differentiated classroom
  • Design performance tasks to use as assessment tools
  • Plan and teach lessons based upon enduring understanding that differentiate content, process, and product to meet individual student needs
Syllabus
  • Prerequisites:
    None

Course Description:

Student populations in schools today are very diverse. Students differ in their readiness to learn, the ways in which they prefer to learn, and the areas of interest that motivate their learning. Differentiated instruction is based on the belief that classrooms where students are active learners, active inquirers, and active problem solvers are more effective than those where students passively receive a "one-size-fits-all" curriculum. This course introduces teachers to instructional strategies and methodologies that will enable them to create powerful learning experiences to meet the wide range of different student needs in their classrooms.

School improvement plans in virtually every school, regardless of grade level configuration, underscore the importance of helping all students achieve academic success and meet educational standards. This can be a challenge due to the wide range of abilities present in today’s schools. It is clear from the research that the intentional use of differentiated instruction strategies is highly effective in meeting diverse learner needs and positively impacting student achievement.

This course focuses on best practices in differentiation and provides teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to implement these methods in their own classrooms. Through learning activities, and the practice and application of skills, participants gain new levels of expertise which will enable them to create instructional experiences in an engaging classroom atmosphere to help all of their students reach their full potential.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the principles of differentiated instruction
  • Learn the components of learning style and their applications in the classroom
  • Understand how enduring understanding, student engagement, student outcomes, and teacher behaviors that cause learning to happen are critical elements of differentiated instruction
  • Practice designing multiple paths to reach a specific learning objective
  • Create lessons that differentiate content, process, and product
  • Learn how to differentiate instruction to meet diverse student learning styles, readiness levels, and interests
  • Understand how brain-compatible learning corresponds with differentiated instruction methodologies
  • Design learning activities that increase student engagement by enhancing semantic, episodic, procedural, automatic, and emotional memories
  • Plan lessons that differentiate instruction across four continuums
  • Practice using tiered instruction and anchor activities with flexible groups
  • Design and use essential questions and effective questioning strategies
  • Understand how scaffolding and coaching can assist struggling learners
  • Explore practical ideas for increasing active student participation and using graphic organizers in a whole-class setting
  • Understand how to use assessment as an integral part of instruction in a differentiated classroom
  • Design performance tasks to use as assessment tools
  • Plan and teach lessons based upon enduring understanding that differentiate content, process, and product to meet individual student needs

Student Expectations:

This online course is experiential and interactive. Participants will engage in a variety of activities to learn, practice, and apply the skills outlined in the course. This will include reflective journal exercises, short answers that are reviewed by a moderator, quizzes, the development of written lessons using differentiated strategies, classroom implementation of these strategies, and analysis of both the lesson and the students’ response to the lesson. A final exam is also a part of the course. Participation in all of these areas is necessary for students to successfully complete the course with a passing grade.

Credit:

Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.

Class Outline:

  • Lesson 1
    • Introduction
    • 1.a Overview
    • 1.b Elements of a Differentiated Classroom
  • Lesson 2
    • 2.a Understanding Diverse Student Characteristics
    • 2.b Learning Styles – The Many Elements
    • 2.c Understanding Multiple Intelligences
  • Lesson 3
    • 3a. What’s Your Style?
    • 3b. Learning Styles Favored in a “Typical” Classroom
    • 3c. How Culture Relates to Learning Style
  • Lesson 4
    • 4.a The Many Shapes of Differentiation
    • 4.b Teaching For Enduring Knowledge
    • 4.c Begin With the End In Mind
  • Lesson 5
    • 5.a Taking Different Paths to Get to the Same Place
    • 5.b Differentiating Content, Process, and Product
    • 5.c Responding to Different Levels of Readiness
    • 5.d Responding to Different Interests
    • 5.e Responding to Different Learning Styles
  • Lesson 6
    • 6.a Effective Strategies for Differentiation – An Overview
    • 6.b Effective Strategies for Differentiation – Underlying Principles
    • 6.c Effective Strategies for Differentiation – Specific Approaches
  • Midterm
  • Lesson 7
    • 7.a Understanding Brain – Compatible Learning
    • 7.b Why We Remember – And Why We Forget
    • 7.c How Vivid Lessons Enhance Memory
  • Lesson 8
    • 8.a Differentiating To Meet Readiness Needs
    • 8.b Planning Tiered Instruction
    • 8.c Examples of Tiered Instruction
    • 8.d Using Anchor Activities With Flexible Groups
  • Lesson 9
    • 9.a Differentiating With Your Whole Class
    • 9.b Increasing Active Student Participation
    • 9.c Using Graphic Organizers
    • 9.d Asking Powerful Questions
  • Lesson 10
    • 10.a Assessment in the Differentiated Classroom
    • 10.b Creating Performance Assessments
    • 10.c Scaffolding Performance Tasks
    • 10.d Putting It All Into Action In Your Own Classroom
  • Post Survey
  • Evaluation
  • Final Exam
Your State Information

CE Credits Online Anytime-Anywhere

  • Standards-based 
  • University credits available* 
  • Asynchronous – start at any time – 24/7
  • Self-paced – work at your own pace and convenience 
  • Completely online – no commuting, parking, missed classes and no dress code
  • User friendly and engaging with numerous videos that model new strategies and skills 

*University Credits: All CE Credits Online courses are eligible for University Credit. Please visit our University Affiliation page for more information. (University credit fees are additional)

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Why Choose CE Credits Online

CE Credits Online has been providing continuing education credits to K-12 educators since 2002. Our courses are offered nationwide, serving the professional learning needs of thousands of K-12 educators. Our courses are:

  • High-quality online professional learning courses designed to improve teaching and student achievement.
  • 100% online - no commuting, no missed classes, and no dress code.
  • Self-paced courses, offering participants the flexibility to work anytime, anywhere, 24/7.
  • All CE Credit Online courses are eligible for University Credits (for an additional fee) through our university affiliates. Please visit our University Affiliation page for more information.

Our courses cover a variety of instructional areas and meet the needs of many educator groups, including;

  • Reading / Language Arts
  • Instructional Strategies
  • English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Transforming Instruction with Technology
  • Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Creating Effective Learning Environments
  • Beginning Teachers
  • Special Education
  • Counseling
  • Support Staff