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Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner: Standards-Based Activities and Extensions for Middle School


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Authors: Dina Brulles, Ph.D., Karen L. Brown, Susan Winebrenner
Product Code: 5420
ISBN: 978-1-61821-542-0
Pages: 270
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Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner supports middle school teachers in teaching all students, including those with high ability. The book contains extension lessons in each content area with learning activities that align to the national content standards, embed ELA Common Core Standards, and correlate to DOK levels. The extension lessons provide for active learning tailored to address multiple learning levels. Using this semi-structured process ensures differentiated learning experiences that align to the standards while also respecting that students have different interests, different methods of learning, and most importantly, that they are learning at different challenge levels. The time is now upon us to emphasize interdisciplinary learning experiences that provide real-world connections and engage students in relevant and meaningful learning. We have long known that while critical for gifted and talented students, these higher level thinking strategies benefit all students.

Foreword by Karin Hess, Ed.D.

Grades 6–8

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Review by: Tammy Notehelfer, Gifted Education Consultants - April 11, 2016

Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner is a fantastic resource for teachers who want to meet the various needs of the students they serve. How much intervention is needed? Does the student need additional help? Or, perhaps she requires something extra challenging? Is the need intense? If so, is remediation or more advanced thinking the answer?

Brulles, Brown and Winebrenner offer teachers quality extension lessons using national standards and Depth of Knowledge Levels 1–4. To make differentiation accessible and easily implementable, all core content areas are broken into subject titles such as Novel Studies, Poetry, Informational Text, United States History, Earth Science, Physics, and Geometry, to name just a few. In addition, 19 of the extension lessons are written for specialist areas and electives coursework.

I highly recommend Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner to everyone who acknowledges the unique needs of the students they serve. I have added it as a go-to resource when consulting with school districts, training teachers, and working with families within the gifted community.

Review: Midwest Book Review - March 1, 2016
An absolute “must read” for any classroom teacher needing to craft individualized lessons for middle school students in accordance to today’s national, state, and local school district standards, “Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner: Standards-Based Activities and Extensions for Middle School” is exceptionally well written, organized and presented. “Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner” should be a part of every school district and academic library’s teacher instructional education resource and reference collections.
Review by: Richard Cash, nRich Consulting - January 19, 2016
In today’s diverse middle school classrooms, teachers continually struggle to provide appropriate challenges to all students. Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner takes the guesswork out of creating activities that are more than acceleration of standards. The authors have designed authentic learning activities that incorporate sophisticated levels of thinking and performance. The skillfully constructed extension activities can be modified to fit your particular needs or used “as is.” Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner supports you from preassessment through post-performance—everything you need is right here. You will find this book to be your “go to” resource for extended learning opportunities for all students.
Review by: Scott Peters, University of Wisconsin - January 19, 2016
Good teaching is differentiated teaching. Period. And yet the general education classroom is incredibly diverse in terms of what students already know and are ready to learn. The scope of this challenge is widely known and yet it remains. How can teachers effectively challenge such a wide range of learners? Brulles, Brown, and Winebrenner offer the best support a teacher can ask for. Extension lessons aligned to standards and specifically targeted at each Depth of Knowledge level save teachers time while also helping each student remain challenged as much of the time as possible. The extension lessons also show what good educational planning should look like—that which expects a range of needs and proactively plans for how every student will be appropriately challenged. Whether an in-service or pre-service teacher, this book has much to offer.
Review by: Kimberley Chandler, Center for Gifted Education, William & Mary - January 19, 2016

Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner is a wonderful tool for anyone who works with advanced students at the middle school level! It is a practical book that may be used by gifted/talented education resource teachers or teachers in regular classroom settings to enrich and extend their content. An additional bonus is that, as Brulles, Brown, and Winebrenner state: “The methods for differentiating curriculum and instruction for gifted students discussed here could be viewed as overarching practices for use with all students.”

Review by: Brian Housand, East Carolina University - January 19, 2016

Today’s teacher is bombarded by multitude of standards coming from seemingly every direction. By the time that many of us were almost comfortable with 21st Century Skills and the Common Core State Standards, we were confronted with the Next Generation Science Standards. Meanwhile the pendulum is swinging from No Child Left Behind to the Every Students Succeeds Act. Combine all of this with the ever-evolving world of technology and increasing demands to differentiate for all students, and many teachers are left wondering, “How do I manage to do it all?”

In Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner, Brulles, Brown, and Winebrenner provide a series of roadmaps to help teachers to find multiple paths to meaningful activities, out of the wilderness of confusion, and into a well structured learning environment. Incorporating Depth of Knowledge, the lessons cover the core content areas as well as areas of music, arts and theater, physical education, and foreign language. The lessons provide not only extensions for advanced students but offer suggestions for all students that go beyond just more of the same. If you have ever had a student who said, “I’m done. I’m bored. What’s next?” and wondered what to say, this book is for you.

Review by: Janice Mak, Explorer Middle School, Paradise Valley Unified School District, AZ - January 15, 2016
This book provides an outstanding set of resources that allows any middle school teacher to differentiate instruction for a wide range of students effectively. With the up-to-date activities that encompass every subject area and integrate ELA standards in meaningful ways, teachers can truly be confident that they are addressing these essential skills and content across the curriculum.
Review by: Lauri Kirsch, Hillsborough County Public Schools - January 15, 2016
Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner takes the classic concept of differentiation and updates it for today’s demanding educational climate of CCSS-aligned curriculum, data-based decision making, need for interdisciplinary connectedness, and requirement for addressing multiple levels of challenge. The differentiation model and sample lessons empower teachers to move beyond teaching one-size-fits-all CCSS-aligned lessons and instead provide engaging and meaningful learning opportunities personalized for their students. This is the book teachers have been asking for!
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