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Chapman & King's innovative models for teaching in the differentiated classroom stress positive classroom climate, understanding student thinking styles, meeting diverse student needs, and empowering students both inside and outside the classroom. Applying those models to classroom management is the focus of this new book. Among the topics covered in their trademark lively style are * creating safe and accepting classroom environments that promote confidence for diverse learners; * motivating students through affective factors, including rapport, challenge, excitement, humor, respect, choice, and self-efficacy; * observing and assessing student needs and preferences; * customizing approaches for working with shy and nervous students, impatient students, “turned off” students, and more; * customizing communications both with students and with parents of diverse backgrounds; * transitioning into and out of flexible groups; * creating classroom celebrations that reinforce student successes; and more. Ready-to-use tools, agendas, checklists, organizers, and other graphics facilitate application of the strategies in differentiated classrooms for learners in grades PreK-3, 4-8, and 9-12.

Differentiated Learning Environment
Differentiated learning environment

In a Standards-based differentiated classroom, all aspects of the environment are designed to provide each student with positive, productive, nourishing learning experiences. The affective and physical environments are consciously established and maintained. Like a chef, a teacher needs to prepare the right recipe for the appropriate situation.

The affective realm includes the student's attitude toward learning and feelings about personal relationships with peers and the teacher. A positive classroom environment feeds the brain's ability to receive, process, and apply information. The physical realm includes the arrangement of desks, furniture, books, and materials. The appearance of posted information and displays has a major impact on the learner's perception of the physical environment. The main ingredient of the instructional recipe is the ...

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