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      August 2015

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In the Spotlight for August 2015

Differentiated Instruction By Subject
    Arts and World Languages
    English and Language Arts
    History and Social Studies
    Mathematics
    Science 

Annenberg Learner Announcements
    Professional Development Opportunities
    Journey North Webinar on Monarch Curriculum, September 1
    What's New on Learner Log Blog
    Gilgamesh for iPads
    Get a Catalog
 
Annenberg Foundation Announcements
    #EmergingSound at Emerging Experience

Differentiated Instruction By Subject 
As you plan for the new school year, think about how you structure your classroom and lessons to engage all students and meet each learner's needs. While differentiating instruction can be daunting, it can also be a lot of fun. Differentiation involves recognizing individual student's talents, interests, and challenges. It also involves varying ways you present content and use the classroom space. Below are examples of teachers differentiating their classrooms. Jump to the subject you teach or read them all. For a deeper look into what differentiation is and how to recognize the potential in all students, listen to the "Differentiated Instruction Works: How and Why To Do DI" podcast on the ASCD website.


Arts and World Languages

Arts in Every
                                              Classroom LibraryTap into students' love for the arts. In The Arts in Every Classroom, program 2, "Expanding the Role of the Arts Specialist," watch how dance, visual art, and theatre teachers coordinate with teachers of other subject areas. 

Use the arts to teach students how to express their ideas in multiple ways. In Connecting With the Arts, program 12, "Finding Your Voice," middle school students use music, art, and dance to explore the concepts of conflict and protesting.

Students are most engaged when they are talking about what they know. In Teaching Foreign Languages, K-12, "Comparing Communities," students compare community life at home and abroad while practicing language skills. The video is captioned in English for all language teachers.


English and Language Arts

Teaching Reading K2In Teaching Reading, K-2, workshop 6, "Differentiating Instruction," learn what flexible grouping looks like and apply examples to your own classes.

Think outside of the essay and use your students' kinesthetic and creative skills. Watch middle school students explore characters in literature by creating ceramic place settings in Connecting With the Arts, "Revealing Character." 

Vary methods of communicating with students using technology to give feedback. Jen Roberts uses Google Tools to collaborate with her students on their work. Watch "Blended Learning: Acquiring Digital Literacy Skills" from Reading & Writing in the Disciplines. Under the video, see the Differentiated Instruction paragraph to learn more about how Ms. Roberts scaffolds the lesson to meet different students' needs. 


History and Social Studies

Making Civics RealIn Social Studies in Action, program 4, "China Through Mapping," Ms. Norton offers multiple entry points into a lesson on Chinese culture and history. Elementary students create salt-dough maps, sing songs, and complete a group mystery puzzle using printed maps of China. At 20:24 in the video, Ms. Norton explains how she assigned the roles for group work.

Try lesson plans that use photographs to hook visual learners and students interested in photography. The Essential Lens video, "A Closer Look," explains the Focus In strategy for examining the meaning and point of view of photographs. Browse several photo collections connected to activities and big ideas that can be used in the social studies classroom. Themes include "Economies and Empires" and "Change and Resistance."

Ms. Ambrose's students discuss racial profiling as they develop an understanding of constitutional law and criminal law in Making Civics Real, workshop 7, "Controversial Public Policy Issues." One of her students reflects "... if she sees that something is boring us, if something's not working, she'll get at the problem. She'll change it to make sure that we're always interested, so that we're always learning something. As soon as you lose interest, you stop caring, you stop learning."


Mathematics

Reading and Writing
                                              in the DisciplinesIn Teaching Math K-4, video 17, "Choose a Method," the teacher provides multiple learning experiences for exploring problem-solving methods with her fourth graders. Two groups work independently, one on computers and another on puzzles and games. The teacher and students in a third group investigate different computational methods, including base-10 blocks, calculators, mental math, or paper and pencil. 

A blended learning approach to instruction allows students to collaborate using technology. Math students evaluate arithmetic sequences and share work on a Smart Board. While some students also practice speaking and teaching skills, other students focus on concepts. Watch "Blended Learning: Using Technology to Learn Math Concepts" in Reading & Writing in the Disciplines.

In "Creating Opportunities for Mathematical Discourse" from Reading & Writing in the Disciplines, Ms. Langer lets students choose from different types of classroom materials to explore content, provides scaffolding to students as needed, and allows students to work in groups or independently as they study graph theory. 


Science

Journey NorthYoung kids love animals. Bring the outdoors inside to young citizen scientists with Journey North. Students answer the essential question, "How do animals in different parts of the world respond to seasonal change?" while completing activities in the viewing guide and watching animal cams of polar bears, puffins, owls, and more.

Use photographs to hook visual learners and students interested in photography. The Essential Lens video, "A Closer Look," explains the Focus In strategy for examining the meaning and point of view of photographs. Browse several photo collections connected to activities and big ideas that can be used in the science classroom. Themes include "Processes of Science," "Energy," and "Genetics and Bioengineering."

In Reading & Writing in the Disciplines, "Creating a Culture of Collaboration," learn how Mr. Berryman develops students' understanding of scientific terms in multiple ways, from using an interactive web app, a word wall, drawing activities, and more.
 

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Annenberg Learner Announcements
Professional Development Opportunities

New for graduate credit this fall: Reading & Writing in the Disciplines will be offered for credit through Colorado State University. Enroll mid-August through October 14.  Find other courses for graduate credit and CEU opportunities through PBS TeacherLine, Colorado State, and San Diego State.


Journey North Webinar on Monarch Curriculum, September 1

Elizabeth Howard, the director of Journey North, will be talking to participants on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "Monarch Curriculum Webinar Series" on September 1 at 2 PM EST. The webinar is free and online and no registration is necessary. Call 1.877.788.7289, and the participant passcode is 83331950#.


What's New on Learner Log Blog

Learner Log highlights teaching strategies and subject area resources from Learner.org and other educational organizations. Our goal is to provide ideas to help you grow professionally and a forum to discuss your practice with your peers. Tell us what topics you would like to see covered in the blog at blog@learner.org.

Do you have something to brag about? Share ideas from your own classroom on our blog. Here are the guidelines and how to submit.


Gilgamesh for iPads

Are you teaching Gilgamesh this year? Watch, read, and learn about the oldest known masterpiece of world literature on the Invitation to World Literature: Gilgamesh multi-touch book for iPads. Purchase on iTunes for just $3.99.


Catalogs

For a copy of our full catalog, email order@learner.org. Be sure to include a mailing address in your request. Thank you!


Didn't find what you need in this update? Look for more connections to historical events, teaching topics and important days in August in the 2014 August update and in upcoming Facebook and Twitter posts. 

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Annenberg Foundation Update
#EmergingSound at Emerging Experience

Emerging Experience is a multimedia installation at Skylight Studios in Los Angeles, CA that offers imagery exemplifying the themes of Taste, Sound and Style. Want to get involved? Submit your own pictures today for Sound! Simply post your favorite summer concert photos on Instagram with #EmergingSound, and your images could be selected to be featured in Emerging Experience.

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