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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 Formative Assessment
Differentiated formative assessment

Formative assessment is an essential, ongoing process in a differentiated classroom. Put on your detective hat and compile evidence of student needs in given situations. Observations often provide the needed information. Use a blend of informal and formal formative assessment tools to gather data before, during, and after learning to identify individual strengths and needs. Like a detective, compile all the information for the report. Some cases require deeper investigations, such as fingerprinting and DNA analysis, to gather needed data. It may be necessary to go deeper into the learner's mind to discover what is known and lacking in relation to the standard. Use the analyzed results to customize instructional plans for the targeted students.

Preassessment is a prerequisite for ...

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