Presenter: Dr. Diane Heacox, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Do you know the difference between differentiation and cooperative learning? Do you group students by likeness or by differences? In this informative and interactive course, Diane Heacox, Ed.D., explains what makes differentiation different! While you may have been using some differentiation activities in your classroom, this course will help you tap into the true power of this type of learning instruction.

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Differentiation in the classroom might be a little bit like riding a bike — you never forget how to do it, but you can also always learn a new trick or two! In this course, Diane Heacox, Ed.D., unpacks two important strategies: tiered assignments and flexible instructional grouping. If you are not using these two strategies correctly, you may not even be using differentiation. 

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • The principles of tiered assignments and flexible grouping
  • How to design tiered assignments
  • How to determine student readiness
  • Other methods of tiered assignments
This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c, e, f, g and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 2.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Diane Heacox is an award winning author, national and international consultant and professional development trainer focusing on strategies to increase learning success for all students. She is Professor Emerita at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Heacox has taught at both elementary and secondary school levels and has served as a gifted education teacher and administrator, as well as an instructional specialist in public education. Dr. Heacox is also the author of four books. Dr. Heacox serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (MN ASCD) and the Minnesota Department of Education’s Gifted Education Advisory Board. She is the past chair for the Middle Level Network and the Education committee for the National Association for Gifted Children and the current facilitator of the Higher Education Division for international ASCD. Dr. Heacox was recognized by the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented as a Friend of the Gifted. She is also in the University of St. Thomas Educators Hall of Fame for contributions to the field of education. 

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252 reviews for Critical Elements in a Differentiated Classroom – Tiered Assignments and Flexible Instructional Groups

  1. Shelby – HUTTO ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course! I felt she did a good job of giving a good idea of tiered assignments vs. cooperative learning and offered some great examples.

  2. Kathy – MIAMI EAST LOCAL (verified owner)

    clear explanations

  3. Michelle – GEORGETOWN ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very complex but it reminded me of many things I had forgotten over the years.

  4. Amanda – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    It was great! I wish she touched on the other ways to make tiered assignments rather than just readiness.

  5. JANICE – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    She explained how to use tiers. It was helpful.

  6. Misty – LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Ths was quite lengthy.

  7. Tina – LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    It is helpful to think about how I am tiering assignments.

  8. Debra – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Very beneficial

  9. Julie – LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Very informative and useful information.

  10. Lindsey – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    Good introduction to differentiation.

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