Wednesday, February 10, 2010

PBL and Differentiated Instruction

Question from a Teacher:
Can you differentiate Project-Based Instruction (PBL)? Could I see some tangible examples?

Project-Based Learning is a great instructional vehicle, within which differentiated instruction can be effective. The core of PBL planning is:
  1. Identify the learning targets
  2.  Develop the supporting assessment
  3.  Lesson planning
a.       What supports are needed for struggling learners?
b.      What supports are needed for advanced learners?

Standards-Focused PBL incorporates 21st Century skills, such as collaboration, communication, research, problem-solving, independent, and technology literate. There are many ways to incorporate these skills in learning, and support of learners.

How do I observe My world

Here are some resources to review:
These 3 books are an excellent resource for examples of high quality units that incorporate Differentiated Instruction effectively. It includes valuable teacher reflections about why and how the units were developed, and the effectiveness of the units. Each unit includes a unit outline, the lessons, and related materials needed to implement. The books are best used by teachers who have a basic understanding of Differentiated Instruction and/or quality unit design.