Differentiation is NOT Easy - but TRESmart™ is!


Standards based Middle School ELA Reading Lessons with BUILT-IN Differentiation!  #teaching #activities #commoncore #readytouse


As a teacher, I know my job is to differentiate for all the various learner needs in my classroom.  And I've spent a lot of time researching how to best meet these needs.  During that time, I've found a lot of lists, ideas, and strategies.  That's all good stuff but it still takes LOADS of TIME to implement them!  (Never mind how long it took to just find all this information.)  
That's the Trouble with Differentiation.

But there's more to know about differentiation.  When I dug into the research, I found that if lessons were designed to meet the needs of the learners from the very start, then following a pattern of teach-reteach-enrich would make differentiation a much more streamlined process.  While that gives teachers a better plan to follow, it still leaves plenty to do with creating the reteaching and enriching activities (and never mind the hundred other responsibilities a teacher has in a day).

That's why I say "Differentiation is NOT easy!"

But what if the work had already been done for you?
What if there were lessons tailored to the standards with differentiation already built in?  

The kind of differentiation that has options for content (teaching), process (practice) and product (reteaching and enrichment) which will lead to an optimum learning environment for students?

Sounds like a dream, right?
Good news - it's not!!

  I sat down and put my best work from the past 24 years of teaching Language Arts into this very format.

I call it TRESmart - *Teach*Reteach*Enrich - which is a 'Smart' way to teach because it helps to reach all learners!

The first TRESmart unit that is now available is Theme and Central Idea.  
It is aligned to R.CCR.2:  Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

This unit includes:
-a teacher script for day by day plans
-editable lesson plans that could be submitted to an administrator
-unit introduction
-unit vocabulary with worksheet and word wall cards
-embedded videos (no links!)
-PowerPoints
-differentiated content with Pixanotes® (downloadable)
-practice with task cards (downloadable)
-additional practice
-quizzes (downloadable)
-menus for reteaching (labeled as enhancement) (downloadable)
-menus for enrichment (downloadable)
-A Final Assessment (downloadable)
-Answer Keys

All the work is done!  Just make the copies & teach!

And you can try the Theme part of the unit for FREE!  Just click below and try it out for yourself!
(When you click through it may look like you are ordering the unit, but you will not be asked for credit card information.  It looks like this because I'm technically giving you access to a paid course (unit).  It's just that the first half is free!)



You could also check out a slightly simpler version of the Central Idea unit on Teachers Pay Teachers:


In this resource:
★ A link to a video of "The Important Book" to use an introduction to the unit
★ Vocabulary Worksheets with Word Wall Cards for these words: inference, drawn, theme, central idea, cite, evidence, objective, summary, text, textual analysis, determine, explicitly, several, and development.
★ Central Idea PowerPoint with an original text and that tells students how to find the central idea and supporting details in 4 easy steps! 
★Pixanotes that match the PowerPoint and come in 4 versions os you can differentiate the content.
★ Task cards to practice the skills with directions for 3 ways to choose to use them so you can differentiate the process.
★ A Quiz
★ Teacher page for reteaching and enriching options so you can differentiate the product.
★Student pages for reteaching (labeled as enhancement) and enriching
★Answer keys


As you can see, this is a strong unit with all the differentiation but requires more prep work than the one above to organize materials, cue up videos as well as PowerPoints and write out lesson plans.  It comes in zip file with all documents in a pdf file and the PowerPoints in separate files.  Click here or on the image to learn more!  

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