Designing coherent & differentiated instruction
Good teaching starts with thorough, intentional planning. Using the backwards design model developed by Wiggins and McTighe (Understanding by Design, 1998) allows me to plan units that have both a conceptual theme as well as a set of logically sequenced literacy skills.
Once I have articulated precise unit objectives, I collaborate with my LBS co-teacher to differentiate instruction. Knowing exactly what we hope students will know and be able to do at the end of our unit allows us to develop tiered objectives that will appropriately support and challenge all students.