Whileathe differentiated approach to instruction continues to gain in popularity, there is still a great need for practical material to help secondary teachers who want to design engaging and meaningful lessons that will meet the needs of a diverse student body and also fulfill standards.Inspiring Middle and Secondary Learners: Honoring Differences and Creating Community Through Differentiating Instructional Practices presents a strong foundation with examples and ideas for creating an engaging classroom environment and building a community of learners who honor themselves and each other. The authors guide the reader step by step through the process of gathering student data, and show how to use this data to inform instructional practice. Low-prep, easy-to-implement strategies for differentiation are presented, along with more in-depth model lessons and rubrics in the content areas. Teachers can easily modify and/or create their own differentiated lessons using these models. Focusing on grades 6u12, this highly practical guide provides teachers with the tools they need for assessing and addressing the needs of the socially, culturally, and academically diverse students in their classrooms.
Kathleen Kryza consults internationally for her company, Infinite Horizons, and also presents nationally for the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). Kryza has more than 20 years experience in motivating and reaching children, educators, and others through her teaching, consulting, coaching, and writing. Her expertise is in working with students in special education, gifted education, alternative education, and multicultural education. She has a master's degree in special education and is an adjunct professor in special education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. S. Joy Stephens has taught middle and high school students of all levels and abilities in differentiated science, math, and foreign language classrooms. She is a presenter and trainer in practical strategies for differentiating classrooms and inspiring students. She has a master's degree in biology. Alicia Duncan is a consultant, program coordinator, and teacher trainer for the Waterford School District in Waterford, Michigan. She shares her expertise across the state of Michigan and throughout the nation in reaching and teaching English Language Learners, gifted students, culturally diverse learners, and inclusion students through differentiated instruction. She has a master's degree in ESL teaching methodology.