D.I. Asia Summit 2018 - Mr Larry Lewin
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larrylewinLarry Lewin, a classroom teacher for more than 30 years’ working with students in grades 6-12, now consults for school districts across the United States and Canada. Internationally recognized for his expertise in developing strategies for writing improvement, he is the author of Practical Strategies for DIFFERENTIATING WRITING INSTRUCTION in Your Classroom (Grades 6-12), the extensive teaching resource handbook that each participant will receive at the seminar.
Additional authorship credits include Great Performances: Creating Classroom-Based Assessment Tasks, 2nd Ed. (ASCD); Teaching Comprehension With Questioning Strategies That Motivate Middle School Readers (Scholastic); Reading Response That Really Matters To Middle Schoolers (Scholastic); Paving the Way in Reading and Writing: Strategies and Activities to Support Struggling Students in Grades 6-12 (Jossey-Bass); and three writing textbooks for Stack the Deck Writing Program.
As an experienced teacher who served grades 6-12, and now a university writing methods instructor, Larry knows what works and what doesn’t in today’s classrooms.


Keynote 4

Differentiated Instruction: Why Bother? Who Needs It?

Since our students learn in different ways, we must teach in different ways to reach all of them - that is, finding different pathways rather than using a take-it or leave-it approach. DI is a very popular approach, but it is sometimes misunderstood. It means changing how we teach to better connect the curriculum to our students. Specific instructional practices to accomplish this will be presented to make Differentiation worthwhile for teachers and students.


Spotlight Session

Differentiation Without Guilt: Four Doable Ways to Differentiate Instruction

Learn four very doable teaching techniques to differentiate your instruction: 1. offer your students occasional choices to instill ownership and buy-in; 2. design tiered assignments at varying degrees of difficulty; 3. provide multi-modal learning activities that incorporate visual, tactic, musical, as well as textual modes ; 4. use flexible, temporary cooperative learning groups using seven different configurations that allow students to work with all classmates. Additionally, you will learn how to differentiate your assessment.