Presenters: Judy Chaffins, Brian Krawetzke, Mark Suter
Core Area: Learning Environments 2.2; Curricular Content Knowledge 3.1, 3.3, 3.4; Instructional Planning and Strategies 5.1, 5.2; ODE Teacher Competency a, b, c; OAGC Lesson Design
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 3

Many educators understand the theoretical concepts of tiered lessons but struggle with actually implementing them. In this 3-module course, Ms. Chaffins will lay the groundwork for building tiered lessons using strategies from top educators. After taking this course, educators will be equipped with practical examples of how to apply tiering strategies in their classrooms.  

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Tiered lessons are a way that educators can differentiate in their classrooms in order to meet the needs of each student. Many educators understand the theoretical concepts of tiered lessons but struggle with actually implementing them. This course from the Ohio Gifted Organization will help teachers dive deep into tiered lessons. 

In this 3-module course, Ms. Chaffins will lay the groundwork for building tiered lessons using strategies from top educators. To help illustrate these concepts, she has invited Brian Krawetzke and Mark Suter to share the lesson strategies they’ve used in their own classrooms. 

Educators will learn about:

  • Dr. Tomlinson’s differentiation methods
  • Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge 
  • Karin Hess’s Extended Learning Strategies
  • Practical examples of how to apply these strategies in the classroom
2016 Teacher Competencies: a, b, c
NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards: 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Judy Chaffins has worked in the Gifted Services Department of the Allen County Educational Service Center for thirty years. She began her career teaching first grade at Bath Local Schools after graduating from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Later, she became a gifted intervention specialist serving third through eighth grades at both Delphos City Schools and Elida Local Schools. After obtaining a master’s of education degree from Bowling Green State University and obtaining a supervisor’s license from the University of Dayton, she became a coordinator for gifted education. In that capacity, she has coordinated all levels of Allen County Quiz Bowls, conducted the Allen County Spelling Bee each year, served as a liaison with the Science Enhancement Through Science Advancement (SESA) program, taught as an adjunct professor at Bluffton University teaching graduate courses on assessment, conducted numerous local and regional professional development trainings, and worked with gifted staff throughout the county. She has been active in the Ohio Association for Gifted Children and has served as president, as well as many other leadership roles to advocate for the needs of gifted children. She has made many trips to Washington D.C. and the Ohio Legislature to testify for appropriate services and funding for gifted students. Judy is active in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Elida, currently serving as choir director. She has been married to Don for 44 years, has two married children, Lori (Josh Motzer) and Todd (Jenny), and has five grandchildren who give her great joy.

Mr. Brian Krawetzke has been teaching Visual Arts in the Lima Shawnee Local School District since 1999. He is a 1998 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a B.A. in art education. He has studied art history in Rome, Italy. Brian has presented a wide variety of educational workshops throughout the state of Ohio. He has received numerous educational awards while his students’ artwork has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally. He currently teaches AP Art History, AP Studio Art, Drawing & Painting, Digital Photography, and Yearbook. Brian’s approach to the 21st-century classroom features a harmonious mixture of innovative technology and a collaborative communicative environment. Brian has invented his own system of reaching all students in his classroom through the use of what he titles “Table Teachers.” This system allows him to differentiate instruction seamlessly and permits teaching multiple courses during one class period. It is a creative response to individual needs and results in highly engaged students who learn at their own pace. The proof of its success is that his AP test scores have risen dramatically since he implemented the system. Brian has aligned differentiation and 21st-century learning in an effective, efficient, and innovative manner.

A computer science, game design, and entrepreneurship teacher for 11 years, Mark’s classroom is a hybrid of a mad scientist’s laboratory and a traveling circus. Mistakes are encouraged, iteration is frequent, and expectations are high. Mark is director of a student-run business (Grit9.com) that provides web design services for area businesses. Students learn what they need in a “just in time” manner rather than a “just in case” one. Real world consequences, both positive and negative, are a part of the everyday experience to provide relevance and urgency. Other fun oddities: His students develop VR apps for the HTC Vive using Unity as part of an “Intro to Programming” course. Students deploy games they designed to a full-size arcade machine made by students. Mark won the 2017 District 1 Ohio Teacher of the Year Award, the 2015 Henry Ford Innovation Nation Innovative Teacher Award, and is an Adobe Certified Associate Educator and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

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37 reviews for Tiered Lessons on Steroids: Tried and Applied

  1. Randall – CARLISLE LOCAL (verified owner)

    Very interesting course. I found it very informative and encouraging.

  2. Michael – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    It’s fine.

  3. Andrea – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Fabulous ideas. I would want my biological children enrolled in classes like the ones featured.

  4. Matthew – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    It was alright.
    I do, however, get tired of this constant pressure placed on an individual teacher to constantly meet the needs of every single student in the room. This is an unfair and unrealistic expectation.

  5. Stacy – CARDINAL LOCAL (verified owner)

    The information was beneficial.

  6. Bethany – CARDINAL LOCAL (verified owner)

    Real world concepts – many geared towards secondary students which is less common in programs such as these.

  7. Joshua – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative and motivational.

  8. Kristi – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    It was ver;y beneficial and there was a lot of real world teaching ideas to take away.

  9. Lauren – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    The specific examples were helpful.

  10. Kathy – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    The course provides many teaching ideas for middle school/high school. I did not think it was as applicable to primary elementary.

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