Developing Practical Strategies, Projects, and Lessons for Differentiated Instruction One Size Does Not REALLY Fit All!

Posted October 14, 2020 by Teacher Friendly

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Differentiated instruction is simply factoring in individual student learning styles, interests, and levels of readiness before designing a lesson plan. It is a mixture of whole-class, small group, and individual instruction that is flexible (i.e., flexible grouping). When students are given more options on how they learn the material, they assume more responsibility for their learning and they are more engaged learners. Research also supports differentiated instruction to show this teaching method greatly benefits a wide range of students from the learning disabled to the gifted and talented.

So, how does differentiated instruction work? First, let’s look at different ways to differentiate by process, content, and product.

Differentiation by Process

Differentiated instruction may require a teacher to teach the same material to all students but with a variety of instructional strategies, thus differentiating the process (how the students go about making sense of ideas and information).

Differentiation by Content and Product

A teacher may design different projects and lessons at varying levels of difficulty to meet the abilities of each student, thus differentiating the content (what the students learn) and the product (how students demonstrate what they have learned).

Examples of Differentiation

Process Content Product
  • Tiered Assignments
  • Learning Centers
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Simulation
  • Learning Logs
  • Group Investigation
  • Individual Learning
  • Paired Learning
  • Small Group Learning
  • Flexible Group Learning
  • Multiple Texts & Supplementary Print
  • Resources
  • Varied Computer Programs
  • Varied Audio-Visuals
  • Varied Support Mechanisms
  • Varied Time Allotments
  • Interest Centers
  • Contracts
  • Compacting
  • Tiered Products
  • Independent Study
  • Community-Based
  • Products
  • Graduated Rubrics

Now, we will apply differentiated instruction to some strategies, projects, and lessons. Level questioning is asking questions moving from the simple to more complex. Think remembering and understanding to applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating.

Example of Leveled Questions: 2nd grade reading

While the majority of the class is reading the story of Cinderella and discussing the story elements as a whole class, a few more capable readers are exploring several examples of Cinderella across cultures. One student who is highly proficient and interested in writing is creating a fairy tale patterned after a current event. The teacher and instructional aid then work with students who have more difficulty with the follow-up activity below. In doing so, they may encourage the ELL student to share a version of Cinderella from their native culture to build more understanding and background knowledge. The follow-up activity for all of the students is a set of leveled questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy or Costa’s Level of Questions. The questions can be assigned to each student based on their ability. The sample using Cinderella includes a few questions so you can see how they increase in difficulty.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
1. What was the name of the 3 stepsisters? Compare and contrast Cinderella to her stepsisters. Justify why Cinderella’s stepsisters are so undesirable to the prince.
2. Who grants Cinderella her wish to attend the ball? Why did the Fairy Godmother allow Cinderella to go to the ball? Predict what happens if the Fairy Godmother does not grant Cinderella her wish to go to the ball.
3. Explain the changes that happened as a result of the Fairy Godmother’s magic. Revise the changes that happen as a result of the Fairy Godmother’s magic. Analyze what might happen if the Fairy Godmother’s magic was evil and not good.

Another idea for differentiating instruction is using menu options (i.e., choice boards). Students may be required to do a number of the assignments listed that have varying interest and challenge, or you might let the students choose a certain number of activities to do.

Example of Menu Options: 5th grade spelling

Making More Words

Write all of your spelling words and at least two additional words that can be made using the letters from the original word:

Ex. character = care, trace

Dictionary Dig

Find your words in a dictionary (book or online). Write each word and definition in a notebook, or on a computer at home.

Syllables

Write each word, divided into syllables.

Cover, Write, Check

Complete to reinforce your understanding of the spelling of the word, as well as the word pattern.

Vowels and Consonants

Practice writing all of your words by writing the vowels in red and the consonants in blue.

ABC Order

Write all words in alphabetical order.

Silly Sentences

Create a silly sentence for each word. Include at least one Tongue Twister.

Games!

Print each word on two separate index cards. Play a game of Memory or Go Fish.

How Much?

Find out how much each word is worth and the total

vowels = $5

consonants = $10

You’re an Author!

Write a story using your own words. Underline the spelling words and illustrate the story.

Poetry, Please!

Write an acrostic poem for at least ___ of your words.

Word Search Creator

Create a cross word puzzle with an answer key using all of your words.

Example of Menu Options: 8th grade science

Directions: The project ideas are listed below with the possible points. You must complete enough projects to earn ___ points (or specify the number of points per each grade A, B, C, D, U).

Project Choices? Taxonomy

50 points each

  • Create a 5-minute PowerPoint lesson for taxonomy. Explain the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers.
  • Design a board game with good and bad natural consequences for the different types of players. Include first-order consumers, second-order consumers, and decomposers. Be sure to make rules for the game.
  • Conduct a biodiversity study by marking off a meter square outside the school. A native grass or heavily wooded area that is not disturbed by humans would work best. Collect data on the number of producers, consumers, and decomposers present in your plot sample. Organize your data on a plot map by first-, second-, and third-order consumers, and include producers as well. Construct a food web comprised of the organisms within your plot sample

The teacher can add additional 30-point, 20-point, and 10-point choices with a mixture of products that arouse the students’ curiosity, pique their interest, and address a wide variety of learning styles.

Another idea for differentiating instruction is using learning centers. Yes, even at the high school level! The students either rotate around the stations or are assigned to/select a center of choice. In this example, the students are assigned to a station that deals with the major rivers of ancient civilization; they rotate through the stations, spending 2 days/station. Then time is spent sharing and evaluating their projects in a whole-class setting.

Example of Learning Centers: 12th grade history

  • Station #1 The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers

Activity: Create a drawing with colored pencils of the communities around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Include in your drawing how the irrigation system may have worked.

  • Station #2 The Yellow River

Activity: Use clay to create symbols that stand for the most important items needed for survival along the Yellow River. Explain the symbols in text (using index cards).

  • Station #3 The Nile River

Activity: In a first-person narration (journal format), explain how you used each item (soil in a baggie, vegetables and fruit, and water in a jug) as someone living along the Nile River.

  • Station #4 The Indus River

Activity: Use your background knowledge to help create a collage of the most important items to people living along the Indus River. Develop a role-play that summarizes the items in your collage.

Let’s face it. Teaching is hard work, and differentiated instruction requires time–lots of time in lesson planning. Some teachers may feel inadequate and need more training and professional development resources that are not available in their school systems. And making it even more difficult, the classrooms of today are changing rapidly with new teaching methodology.

You can learn more about differentiated instruction and how to develop additional practical strategies, projects, and lessons to make learning come alive for your students, strengthen your teaching skills, ignite your passion for teaching, and help you earn graduate-level semester credit…all at the same time. Teacher Friendly offers a variety of professional development courses that are specifically-designed for educators like you to enhance their professional growth in any classroom setting or educationally-related program.

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Self-Created Time-Log Sample

Document all the time you spend creating and implementing lesson plans, curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom to document all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit/unit, you must document 15 hours of academic involvement. 

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
4/21
Created new curriculum & lessons for upcoming semester
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6
4/23
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum/lesson plan
7:00 am - 9:00 am
2
4/27
Created PowerPoint/video presentation incorporating new strategies
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2
5/2
Reviewed workshop materials and wrote draft for reflection paper
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2
5/3
Developed new learning activity for lecture
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
1.5
5/6
Typed 3-page reflection paper discussing new lesson (first credit)
6:00 am - 7:30 am
1.5
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit
15

It may be that you require more or less time completing your own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 

*The log above is only a sample. Specific course guidelines and requirements will be provided upon course enrollment. 

 

©2021 The Mosaic Project. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

3 credits = 9-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing the professional development workshop, conference, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/PowerPoint presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

©2021 Practical Ideas for Educators. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Self-Created Time Log Sample

Document all the time you spend completing a Yoga 4 Classrooms workshop and time spent creating curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom of documenting all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours worth of academic involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours.

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
4/21
Completed Yoga in the Classroom Workshop
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6
4/23
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum
7:00 am - 9:00 am
2
4/27
Created powerpoint/video presentation to discuss breath and awareness
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2
5/2
Incorporated Y4C strategies into new lesson plan for classroom project
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2
5/3
Reviewed workshop materials to incorporate into test day for students
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
1.5
5/6
Typed 3 page reflection paper for my first credit
6:00 am - 7:30 am
1.5
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit
15

It may be that you require more or less time completing your own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 

*The log above is only a sample. Specific course guidelines and requirements will be provided upon course enrollment. 


©2020 UOP Affiliate. Yoga 4 Classrooms. All rights reserved.

Self-Created Time Log Sample

Document all the time you spend completing an Echoes & Reflections webinar/workshop, as well as time spent creating lesson plans, curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom of documenting all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours worth of academic involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours.

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
4/21
Completed Echoes & Reflections Online Course/Webinar
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6
4/23
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum/lesson plan
7:00 am - 9:00 am
2
4/27
Created powerpoint/video presentation to discuss Holocaust impact
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2
5/2
Incorporated Echoes & Reflections strategies into new lesson plan for classroom project
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2
5/3
Developed new lesson plan materials and content
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
1.5
5/6
Typed 3 page reflection paper discussing new lesson (first credit)
6:00 am - 7:30 am
1.5
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit
15

It may be that you require more or less time completing your own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 

 

©2020 UOP Affiliate. Echoes & Reflections. All rights reserved.

Self-Created Time Log Sample

Document all the time you spend creating and implementing lesson plans, curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom of documenting all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours of academic involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours.

Sample Time Log

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
4/21
Created new curriculum & lessons for upcoming semester
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6
4/23
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum/lesson plan
7:00 am - 9:00 am
2
4/27
Created powerpoint/video presentation incorporating new strategies
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2
5/2
Reviewed workshop materials and wrote draft for reflection paper
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2
5/3
Developed new learning activity for lecture
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
1.5
5/6
Typed 3 page reflection paper discussing new lesson (first credit)
6:00 am - 7:30 am
1.5
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit
15

It may be that you require more or less time to complete own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 

*The log above is only a sample. Specific course guidelines and requirements will be provided upon course enrollment. 

 

©2020 UOP Affiliate. Teacher Friendly. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

3 credits = 9-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you have created and implemented into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing a professional development workshop, conference, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target (grade level, type of class, groups):
Define the needs and goals of the learners for whom you designed these ideas for, and describe how they might correlate to your learners specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future implementation of the projects?

*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.

©2020 UOP Affiliate. Teacher Friendly. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

Type a 3-page, single-spaced reflection paper describing in detail your professional development with Echoes & Reflections. Be creative with your writing and try to incorporate the key points below into the structure of your paper:

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing a professional development workshop, conference, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/power point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target: grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards set by for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.

©2020 UOP Affiliate. Teacher Friendly. All rights reserved.

Self-Created Time-Log Sample

Document all the time you spend creating and implementing lesson plans, curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom to document all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit/unit, you must document 15 hours of academic involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours and after completion of an SAVVAS Learning Company conference, course, workshop or webinar.

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
4/21
Created new curriculum & lessons for upcoming semester
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6
4/23
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum/lesson plan
7:00 am - 9:00 am
2
4/27
Created PowerPoint/video presentation incorporating new strategies
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2
5/2
Reviewed workshop materials and wrote draft for reflection paper
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2
5/3
Developed new learning activity for lecture
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
1.5
5/6
Typed 3-page reflection paper discussing new lesson (first credit)
6:00 am - 7:30 am
1.5
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit
15

It may be that you require more or less time completing your own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 

 

©2020 SAVVAS Learning. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3 page reflection paper

2 credits = 6 page reflection paper

3 credits = 9 page reflection paper

4 credits = 12 page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing the professional development workshop, conference, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

©2020 SAVVAS Learning Company. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

3 credits = 9-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing a training, webinar or seminar. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

©2020 Fluency Matters. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

3 credits = 9-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing the professional development workshop, conference, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/PowerPoint presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

©2020 The Mosaic Project. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Self-Created Time Log Sample

Document all the time you spend writing your reflection papers, viewing video sessions, creating and implementing lesson plans, curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom of documenting all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours of academic involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours.

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
4/21
Created new curriculum & lessons based on session
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6
4/23
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum/lesson plan
7:00 am - 9:00 am
2
4/27
Created powerpoint/video presentation incorporating new strategies
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2
5/2
Reviewed session materials and wrote summary
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2
5/3
Developed new learning activity for lecuture
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
1.5
5/6
Wrote 3-page reflection paper for first credit
6:00 am - 7:30 am
1.5
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit
15

It may be that you require more or less time completing your own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 

Suggested activities and projects to help you earn credit:

Development or revision of classroom curriculum, rubrics, lesson plans, educational games, learning activities, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, worksheets, educational websites, classroom visuals, classroom assignments and projects, bulletin boards, learning centers, anchor charts, assessments, teacher-created books, physical education activities, self-evaluation/reflection reports, technology-related activities, storytelling activities, units of study, etc.

 

 

Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework requirements, and extensions are always granted if you needed. The projects you choose to develop will ultimately demonstrate the application of time you invest in professional development experiences, such as research, videos, readings, etc. An additional expectation is to complete a time log that documents the time spent for this course. The specific requirements concerning your chosen projects and the time log are dependent what resonates most with you and how many credits you take per course. 

 

 

©2021 Fluency Matters. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing the professional development workshop, conference, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

©2021 The Comprehensible Classroom. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Self-Created Time-Log Sample

Document all the time you spend creating and implementing lesson plans, curriculum, activities, projects, strategies, or techniques inspired by what you learned. Creating your own log gives you the freedom to document all the time and effort you have dedicated to completing your coursework requirements. Your log must be specific and include dates and accomplishments. For each graduate-level credit/unit, you must document 15 hours of academic involvement. All your coursework participation must be away from professionally paid hours.

Date Objective & Goals Times Hours
4/21
Created new curriculum & lessons for upcoming semester
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6
4/23
Developed new learning activity for my curriculum/lesson plan
7:00 am - 9:00 am
2
4/27
Created PowerPoint/video presentation incorporating new strategies
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2
5/2
Reviewed workshop materials and wrote draft for reflection paper
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2
5/3
Developed new learning activity for lecture
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
1.5
5/6
Typed 3-page reflection paper discussing new lesson (first credit)
6:00 am - 7:30 am
1.5
Total hours of involvement/participation must meet 15 hours per credit
15

It may be that you require more or less time completing your own personal activities and/or projects, and that’s why we have left it to you to decide how you manage your time. 

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Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your reflection paper.  

OPTION A: Try to answer the following questions in your paper:

ACQUISITION

      • What does it mean to be proficient in a language?
      • How are languages acquired?
      • What is the developmental order of language and what are the implications for the language classroom?
      • What does it mean to be comprehensible and comprehended in a world language class, and why is it relevant? 
      • What new ideas are you thinking about as a result of this week’s videos and materials?
      • What ideas resonated with your previous teaching experience?  

COMPREHENSION

      • What are key skills in being comprehensible/comprehended? 
      • What one skill would you like to focus on?
      • How will you focus on it?
      • Reflect: how did it go?  
      • What new ideas are you thinking about as a result of this week’s videos and materials?
      • What ideas resonated with your previous teaching experience?  

INSTRUCTION

  • What instructional strategies (MovieTalk, Card Talk, Story Ask, etc.) have you used before to connect with your student’s lives and remain comprehensible?  
  • Is there anything you would like to change about your approach to these?
  • What one new strategy would you like to implement as a result of this training? 
  • Reflect: how did it go?  
  • What new ideas are you thinking about as a result of this week’s videos and materials?
  • What ideas resonated with your previous teaching experience?   

ASSESSMENT

  • What are some reasons to grade for mastery? 
  • What do grades do (or not do)? What do grades measure?
  • What are some challenges for you in implementing mastery based grading? 
  • What are the advantages of mastery based grading? 
  • Are there assessments that you use that are already proficiency-based performance assessments? 
  • Are there changes you can make to existing assessments to align them with proficiency based performance?  
  • What new ideas are you thinking about as a result of this week’s videos and materials?
  • What ideas resonated with your previous teaching experience?

OPTION B: 

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation: 

Describe the activity, strategy, or technique that you developed as a result of completing your professional development experience (workshop, webinar, class or training). Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction. 

Population target: grade level, type of class, groups: 

Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc. 

Objectives and goals: 

Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the mastery outcomes recommended.  

Evaluation methods utilized: 

Describe how you evaluated the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions: 

Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects? 

©2021 The Comprehensible Classroom. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

3 credits = 9-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing the professional development course, workshop, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

©2020 Learning Workshop. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

3 credits = 9-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing the professional development course, workshop, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

©2021 Step by Step Workshops. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

3 credits = 9-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing the professional development course, workshop, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

©2021 Terry Waltz. UOP Affiliate. All rights reserved.

Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3-page reflection paper

2 credits = 6-page reflection paper

3 credits = 9-page reflection paper

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. The reflection paper will demonstrate your professional development by describing in detail the projects you will create and implement into your educational setting. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the lesson plan, activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed and implemented (or plan to implement) as a result of completing the professional development course, workshop, webinar, etc. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, video/Power Point presentations, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target–grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards (or your state standards) set for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated/will evaluate the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use/will you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

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Overview of Reflection Paper Requirements

1 credit = 3 pages

2 credits = 6 pages

3 credits = 9 pages

Each graduate-level credit requires a 3-page, typed, single-spaced reflection paper. Try to incorporate the following key points into the structure of your report.

Activities, projects, strategies, or techniques of implementation:
Describe the activity, project, strategy, or technique that you developed as a result of completing a Yoga 4 Classrooms workshop, webinar, live webcast or online course. Be sure to include materials and resources utilized. For example, handouts, Y4C Activity Card Decks, visual aids, props, books, learning strategies, etc. Detail why you chose this idea and how it fits into your professional development needs or those of your learners. Explain the actual process of introducing your project and the methods used for instruction.

Population target: grade level, type of class, groups:
Define the needs and goals of the learners that you designed these ideas for and how they might correlate to their specific needs and/or core objectives. Indicate if these learning methods were designed for special need students, specific groups within a class, developmental ages, etc.

Objectives and goals:
Describe the specific targeted learning objectives and how they related to the goals of your instructional program. Try to correlate the objectives/goals to the specific activity/project you presented. Possibly correlate, when appropriate, the objectives/goals with the Common Core Standards set by for your curriculum.

Evaluation methods utilized:
Describe how you evaluated the success of the projects you developed. What methods or criteria did you use to assess your achievement of specific goals? 

Overall outcomes and reactions:
Include your personal assessments of how the learning objectives and goals were achieved. What were the reactions of your learners? How would you redesign or change the methods utilized with future utilization of the projects?

*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.

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