March 21st: Differentiating Content by Tiering


12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Purpose of training: Differentiating the content by tiering (moving up/down Bloom’s taxonomy)

Structure of training: Start as a whole group; differentiate the training by working with content areas; tiering the closure

12:00-12:45 Introduction
  • 9th-10th grades with Tracy Watanabe, at 9/10 building B Mall
  • 11th-12th grades with Theresa Bartholomew, at 9/10 building A Mall

1:00-3:00 Work in Content Areas
  • English: facilitated by Lynne Cook and Elizabeth Francois Room 212
  • Math: facilitated by Sarah Harrison and Jerry Paterson Room B113
  • Science: facilitated by Sandy Rollefstad Room A123
  • Social Studies: facilitated by Ed Matlosz & Candyce Matlosz Tech Center Room 184
  • Physical Education, Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Drama, Music: facilitated by Tracy Watanabe in B107
  • CTE: facilitated by Erik Nesheim, Tech Center Room 186
  • Special Education: facilitated by Barb Kanzler and Sarah Stone Room 233

2:30-3:00 Closure in content areas, done online and tiered by teachers' readiness

Essential questions:
  • When is the right time to tier the content?
  • How could you tier your content to address the various degrees of readiness of that standard/content?

Content: Tier when pre-assessment data shows need due to different readiness levels -- (Use example of technology and I can quickly overwhelm them or underwhelm them -- so differentiate it to make it just right.)



12:00 -12:45 Introduction


Reviewing what we've done so far:
  • Feb 10: Differentiating with 21st Century Learning, with an emphasis on procedures and management.
  • Feb 15: What differentiating the process looks like in our content area, with specific emphasis of low prep & high impact strategies.

Questions that have come up:
  • When will we get the technology?
  • Tech Platforms: Should there be consistency with what platform we use (Moodle, Schoolology, etc.)?
  • What routines, procedures, norms, expectations need to be in place? (this point will be ongoing)
  • Does the teacher become primarily a facilitator?
  • What resources are available?
  • What curriculum is there?
  • Do the students with IEPs get the same technology? What if they need paper/pencil activities? Hands-on manipulatives?

  • Click here to view tutorial on searching Google by reading level

Overview of Tiering


1:00-3:00 Tiering in Content Areas



2:15-3:00 Closure for day in Content Areas

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