This is a professional development blog. We'll be discussing books we read as a group. Our discussions will be focused on gifted children.
I would recommend this book to others. I think it's great for those who are really getting serious about differentiating for all of their students while at the same time giving fresh ideas to those who have been differentiating on different levels for awhile. The ideas and resources provided are also easier to incorporate right away compared to those provided through other teacher resource books.
I would absolutely recommend this book as an excellent resource tool for differentiation in the classroom. For each child to achieve “continuous progress,” we must be dedicated to differentiating. There were so many excellent strategies presented in this book for HOW to do this. How can we NOT if we care about each and every one of our students experiencing the best learning possible?
I would recommend this book to all educators because as professionals, we are responsible to provide the most effective teaching (use of DDI) and we are responsible for putting in the extra effort it takes to meet the needs, strengths, and interests of each child. Differentiation is essential for students at every level of learning and at every level of ability. This book would make a great reference in any teacher's library!
I would definitely recommend this book to other professionals in education. I know our focus has been on using the strategies in this book to benefit our gifted students, but I could also see how beneficial it would be to all of our students. The book shows educators how to easily make your classroom differentiated and gives you ideas and examples. The students will be learning by using their own strengths and creativity, but within the boundaries we give them. I also like that a teacher could use the strategies in the book and “disguise” the differences in the simpler and more in-depth tasks. I would recommend this book for any educator in any type of classroom.
Yes, because the ideas in this book help keep the kids motivated, independent, and more responsible for their learning outcomes. The book is also easy to read and has detailed information on how to get started.
I would recommend this book to other professionals in education. I thought the book gave alot of great ideas for those who are just starting to perfect differentiation and also those who just need some fresh ideas. I love how the book gave examples from kinger to high school and I think it is a great resource.
Yes, I would recommend this book to other professionals interested in reading about differentiation. As someone who oftens finds professional development books hard to get through, this book was an easy read that was very informative. I loved all the examples and the tools that are ready to use in the appendix.
Yes, I would highly recommend this book to fellow educators. It has provided me with some very useful tools that I will be able to implement in my classroom. I will be reaching for this book throughout the school year. The three directional questions will guide me as I plan continuous progress for all my students.
I would – of course! I have attended professional development in other districts on differentiation, and felt I was being told ‘You must differentiate’ without being told how. To be honest, I was quite frustrated. I need examples, outlines and something printed I can write on. The book is clear and easy to understand. My favorite part is the Appendixes, however. I have already translated the Expressions Style Inventory and Multiple Intelligences Checklist into a class assignment. Each year, I do an interest inventory, but I will be modifying mine for this year.
I would recommend this book to my fellow educators. It brings to mind the importance of preplanning units, authentic assessments, and choice. I like the fact that it gives specific examples in a variety of subjects and age groups. The updated Bloom's Chart was new to me, yet makes complete sense, while, at the same time, works well with the district's DDI initiative. I plan to go back and review some of the ideas presented in this book and adapt them to meet the needs of the students in my classroom.
I would definitely recommend this book, and I particularly hope my niece's and grandchildren's teachers read it. They often need more challenge and differentiating would go a long way toward that goal. I have already sent quotes and information from the book to my sister who has a gifted daughter. I would like to see administrators on board to encourage their campuses to begin implementing some of the ideas in the book.
I woulod definitely recommend this book to other teaching professionals. This book outlines very user friendly ways to incorporate differentiated instruction into the classroom. The message throughout this book is in complete alignment with the way that education is heading and the way that SBISD already has adopted as best practice for teaching. It was great to see practical applications and true assessments that meet the Bloom's levels. I will definitely be utilizing the strategies listed in this book to assure that I am meeting the needs of each of my students this year, and I will share this information and strategies with my team.
Yes, I would recommend this book to others. It has a lot of useful tools, such as the think tic-tac-toe and the DAP tool. There are so many different levels that these tools can be used on and adapted for the use of all students. The idea of taking the Venn diagram further than just two circles and how to get students engaged and really thinking about how to use it properly.
Yes, I would recommend this book to other educators. The reading was practical and gave me ideas to implement in my classroom. It showed me how to use things I already use (Assessments, venn diagrams, tic tac toes) in a more meaningful way. I hope that as a result of participating in this book study I will better meet the needs of ALL my students.
I definately would because it gives ideas that can be implemented in the classrooms and in my case ideas that I can share with the teachers since I am in the new role of interdisciplinary coach this school year. I really liked the way the author showed how to use the think tac toe menu and the new perspective on how to expand the basic Venn diagram. I have shared this with my assitant principal and principal and they are considering that we could use this resource for an campus book study so that teachers expand their knowledge.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend or coworker. There have been multiple ideas, ways to re-evaluate your classroom, and things that you may have known about but didn't know how to implement in your classroon.
Yes, I would recommend this book to other professionals. It is written in a reader friendly format. The information can apply to gifted children and to others in our classrooms because they come to us with individual needs, interests, and abilities. The book gives examples that can be used right away, ideas that can be modified for our students, and several resources to help teachers differentiate successfully.
This is an easy to read and easy to reference resource. The ideas, appendix examples and forms are great tools for teachers and students. The authors were clear when they mentioned that their intended target audience for presenting the concepts were to give preservice teachers a place to start for understanding the essentials for differentiation (Chpt 1~pg. 3) and for experienced teachers to "tweak" their unit designs intentionally in order to motivate and maintain continuous progress for the variety of students in their classrooms. I would recommend this book to mentors and supervising teachers to use as a resource while working with their student teachers.
I would definitely recommend this book to other educators! I now realize the importance of pre-assessment in the process of differentiation. I really like the appendecies with tools to help one differentiate and assess. I feel it is imperative that we as educators challenge all of our students to make continuous progress by encouraging them to follow their interests, providing choice, and praising effort rather than skill.
Right on, susand!
I would definitely recommend this book to others, as it is both well organized, and easy to follow. In addition, while we read this as GT teachers, if anyone else is like me, I teach a wide variety of kids, of which GT is only a small part. I found in this book not only strategies to help me further challenge my GT students, but also many that will help me address the needs of my other students as well.
Becky: I could not agree more! My GT students are mostly in my AP classes - and that is a whole different animal! I plan to use most of this with my grade level classes. Over the years, I have found GT kids have the same sort of extra needs as those on IEP's.
Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to other professionals in education. I now have a better understanding of strategies that will work for my GT students, as well as for all of my students. I feel like I far too often neglected pre-assessment in my teaching. I recognize the importance of this step in the process of differentiation. Hopefully these strategies will help keep my students motivated and engaged.
If a teacher needed a resource for differentiated tasks and assessments for students, I would possibly recommend this book. The text is fairly easy to read quickly. The book is based upon the belief that students learn best when they make connections between the curriculum and their diverse interests and experiences.With that idea, I could suggest the book to other professionals.
I thought this an interesting book and easy to read. I will be using ideas taken from the text, so I will definitely be recommending this bookthrough practice. I also team teach and think it will be helpful to share with the other disciplines.
In response to Becky, I agree differentiated strategies can apply to all students, not just the small population of GT.
I would definitely recommend this book to other teachers. It had wonderful, practical ideas on how to use strategies and not just in a GT classroom. It also brought up things to think about that made me go...."Hmmmm"