Inquiry, Connection, Autonomy – Advanced Learners Will Advance With Differentiation


Presenter: Carrie Simpson, Ph.D.
Core Area:
Differentiated Curriculum, Social & Emotional
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Differentiated instruction has developed a bad reputation in the Advanced Placement (AP) world. This is unfortunate because every student, from the advanced learner to the SPED learner, can benefit when educators have a firm grasp on how to use differentiation.

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What if AP classrooms are not actually geared toward meeting the needs of gifted students? Differentiation is the key to engaging students across the learning spectrum, especially in the AP classroom; but many AP teachers avoid differentiating because they have false beliefs about how to use it, and how it can benefit their advanced learners.

In this 1-hour course, tackle the top three myths about differentiation:

  1. Colleges do not differentiate instruction
  2. Pre-AP and AP classes are already leveled and do not require differentiation
  3. Differentiation is meant to close performance gaps for struggling learners (or specifically for SPED classes)

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    85 reviews for Inquiry, Connection, Autonomy – Advanced Learners Will Advance With Differentiation

    1. Sonia – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

      Very informative

    2. Nicole – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

      very helpful / examples were immediate use in classroom / reflection of how to help each individual student through DI practices

    3. Norma – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

      This was interesting to learn new things. (I teach Kinder.)

    4. Stephanie – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

      lots of good differentiation

    5. MARTHA – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

      examples for differentiating instruction.

    6. Austin – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

      Good course but the sound was off.

    7. MJ – WYLIE ISD (verified owner)

      I would like to have a section of this course that specifically addresses DI in a STAAR tested course.

    8. Shawn – FABENS ISD (verified owner)


    9. Karla – AUSTIN ISD (verified owner)

      She presented the information in a clear, concise and interesting way. It was very helpful.

    10. Emily – NEW BREMEN LOCAL (verified owner)

      The course was informative but lacked direct applicatoin to the classroom.

    11. Pamela – Bedford City School District (verified owner)

      This is an excellent resource to help a teacher in Special Education, Regular Education or in Gifted and Talanted.

    12. Lauren – FT HANCOCK ISD (verified owner)


    13. Lizet – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

      The course was interesting and educational.

    14. Juan – FABENS ISD (verified owner)

      It is was a great course.

    15. Tannesha – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

      Wonderful information!

    16. Nianna – VALLEY VIEW ISD PHARR – REGION 01 (verified owner)

      The most boring and ineffective use of my time with not many good takeaways. And it has an irrelevant quiz.

    17. Daniel – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

      Good strategies on how to differentiate

    18. Abbi – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

      I thought it was a lot of teaching basics–like a general overview of what I learned in my undergraduate program

    19. Mary – WYLIE ISD (verified owner)

      It would have been better if there were specific examples on specific topics on how to differentiate.

    20. Cynthia – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

      Course makes a strong case for the necessity of differentiated instruction in pre-AP and AP classes. It does not provide enough practical, useful strategies for differentiating in an AP Calculus class.

    21. Raul – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

      There is some useful information.

    22. Lynsie – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

      very necessary for teaching advance learners

    23. Charlene – FABENS ISD (verified owner)

      I liked that they spoke about AP classes and College courses.

    24. Graciela – FABENS ISD (verified owner)

      Good examples given and clarifying ‘AP is not automatically or necessarily services or instruction for GT.

    25. David – Private Pay (verified owner)

      The course was good. There were some ideas about differentiated instruction that I didn’t know.

    26. Kelly – GALVESTON ISD (verified owner)

      Interesting but I did not feel like I got as much out of it as other trainings. I felt like the one point got hammered so intensely it was beating a dead horse. Yes differentiation is good. It’s good for everybody. There are a lot of ways to do it.

    27. Jennifer – ANDREWS ISD (verified owner)

      It was interesting to learn about reasons for differentiating in an AP class.

    28. Noelle – MONTGOMERY ISD (verified owner)

      It was targeted to what I expected, and it was informative. The presenter did a good job of condensing and presenting the material.

    29. Christy – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

      This was very interesting and practical. I have some specific strategies that will enhance my classroom.

    30. lindsey – ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

      This course was helpful, but I found it hard to connect being a first grade teacher.

    31. Lisa – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

      The professional development was very interesting but is not for elementary. I would only take this course for 8th grade teachers and High School.

    32. Olivia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

      Very informative

    33. Cory – FAIRBANKS LOCAL (verified owner)

      great course for AP teachers

    34. Falon – LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE CISD (verified owner)

      I loved the different ideas for products the students can create for the same “assignment.”

    35. Erica – FABENS ISD (verified owner)

      It was very informative but it was hard to hear the presenter at times.

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