EDU673 Insstruct.Strat. for Differentiated Teach Learn

Setting the Stage for

Differentiated instruction doesn’t start with teaching, it starts with building
relationships in a safe, positive classroom environment. This week you will
create a differentiated classroom framework based on a design that was
originally constructed to assist teachers in meeting the new Common Core State
Standards in an inclusion classroom (Voltz, Sims, Nelson, & Bivens, 2005).
This framework will be shared with other teachers in your Professional Learning
Community (PLC) with the shared vision of creating a strong school vision that
is student-centered through the foundations of differentiation.

Assignment Instructions:
You will design a differentiated classroom environment plan that includes a
physical layout along with pro-social strategies for encouraging positive
behaviors. This may be presented as a Prezi or PowerPoint, in a Voicethread
with audio narration, blog space, or using a standard Word document. The length
of presentation style will be determined by your choice of presentation tool.
Each section below must be thoroughly addressed. The minimum length
requirements are listed below.

Demographics – Describe your current (or fictional) classroom including:

  • Grade Level and Subject Area
  • Total number of students – ability levels, gender,
    students with special needs, English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • Other relevant information (such as socioeconomic
    status, family background, recurring behavior issues, etc.)

Classroom Environment – Discuss how you will use foundational concepts of
differentiated instruction to design your classroom’s physical layout to meet
the demographics you’ve outlined. Be sure to include:

  • Furniture arrangement (this includes students desks,
    teacher’s desk, computers, reading corner, library, pets, quiet zone)
  • Architecture (this includes immobile objects and
    structures such as doors, windows, bathroom, sink, bulletin boards, chalk/
    white boards)

You must include at least one
scholarly, research-based article to support your design. You must also include
either a diagram, photos, or illustration along with a written (three to four
paragraphs) or narrated explanation (one to two minutes) of why you chose this
particular layout and how it relates to your class demographics.

Classroom Environment – Minimum Length Requirements:

  • Prezi or PowerPoint – three slides
  • Blog or Standard word document – three to four
  • Narrated Voicethread – one to two minutes

Positive Behavior Environment – Describe how you will encourage positive behavior using
proactive differentiated strategies based on current (within the last five
years) research. Be sure to include:

  • Rules and routines that maximize success
  • Value individual differences
  • Emotionally safe environment
  • Specific behaviors are expected (respect, listening,
    problem solving)

Positive Behavior Environment –
Minimum Length Requirements:

  • Prezi or PowerPoint – six slides
  • Blog or Standard Word document – six paragraphs
  • Narrated Voicethread – three minutes

Use your
course text and at least two scholarly articles from the Ashford University
Library or Google Scholar to support your research. Be sure to provide proper
APA citations at the end of your assignment for the sources that you use (e.g.,
at the bottom of the blog or last slide of PowerPoint). If writing a paper, APA
format should be followed including title and reference pages.


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