This week one major misconception I had about differentiation was clarified. I have never been able to get this mental image of individualized lessons out of my mind. After hearing over and over, through Twitter and reading blogs, I am fairly certain I will remember that differentiation does not mean an individual lesson for each student.
After I was clear that differentiation is not individualized instruction, I was able to move on and realize some of my practices include differentiation. For example, once a semester I usually have my high school students create a project to teach the class. It doesn't take much to put together the directions, as I don't give the students much direction. I give them a topic and they produce whatever they think will work best. What does take a long time is putting together a rubric for assessment. I was able to share this experience with others this week.
I really liked Kate's idea of teaching to a standard by ditching the book and letting the students create the content. This would create a lot of work to provide support to each student or group of students, but the education they would be receiving would be so much better. The books I have don't seem very appropriate for my students, so I would love to try this. I think I remember reading her post something about this last semester. I thought it was a great idea then, and it was good to hear it again to remind me to keep thinking about how I can incorporate it.