How the best teachers differentiate instruction

| December 9, 2010

Title: How the best teachers differentiate instruction

Authors: Elizabeth Breaux and Monique Boutte Magee

Publisher: Larchmont, NY : Eye on Education, c2010

Call No: LB1775.2 .B74 2010

From the Publisher:

“Just as variety is the spice of life, differentiation is the spice of learning.” -Breaux and Magee, How the Best Teachers Differentiate Instruction

This accessible and practical guide shows teachers how to provide their students with a variety of ways to strengthen their understanding of new material. A selection of assessments is also available to ensure that students have mastered classroom content, regardless of their individual learning styles, abilities, and needs. Contents include:

  • What is differentiated instruction and why do we differentiate?
  • Know your students
  • Management for differentiated instruction
  • 12 ways to differentiate
  • And more!

“Although there are many books available on differentiation and RTI, most of them overwhelm teachers with too much information and not enough practicality. This book is a practical and readable resource for teachers who have limited time to devote to outside reading.” -Susan Gorman, Director of School Improvement, Osawatomie School District, KS

About the Authors:

Elizabeth Breaux is a best-selling author and motivational speaker in the field of education. She is a former classroom teacher and curriculum coordinator. She currently works in the instructional service department for the Lafayette School System in South Louisiana, where she trains and supports new teachers and their mentors. Liz also trains assessors for the Louisiana Department of Education. In addition, Liz is an international presenter for the Bureau of Education and Research.

Liz has spoken to thousands of teachers across the country where she uses an inspirational and motivational approach in offering common sense strategies for reaching and teaching today’s students. Her topics include:

  • Classroom Management—Simplified: Managing to Teach!
  • How to Reach and Teach ALL Students—Simplified
  • New Teacher Induction: How to Coordinate It and Make It Happen
  • Real Life Teaching: Make It Real and They Will Come
  • Critical Thinking: How HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Is It?
  • Handling the Challenging Situations: How Do They Do It?
  • How the BEST TEACHERS Differentiate Instruction
  • How the BEST TEACHERS Avoid the 20 Most Common Teaching Mistakes

Liz has taught and worked with “at risk” students for the past twenty-five years and believes that there is no more challenging and rewarding job in the world. Liz believes in taking students from where they are and leading them toward where they need to be. She believes that a calm caring environment, innovative teaching strategies, and constant positive feedback are the keys to students’ success.

Liz is the author of three best-sellers: “Classroom Management– Simplified”, “How to REACH and TEACH All Students–Simplified, and the co-author, with her sister Annette Breaux, of “Real Teachers, Real Challenges, Real Solutions”. Liz’s most recent book, “How the Best Teachers Differentiate Instruction”, is now available.

Monique Boutte Magee began her educational career teaching 3rd grade and left the classroom after seven years. Currently, she is an innovative, practical, “think-out-of-the-box” middle school administrator. She is currently the principal at Lafayette Middle School in Lafayette, LA, and has served as an administrator since 2002 in the public school system.

Monique has worked with a variety of different students including French immersion, gifted, and low performing students. Monique has assisted her teachers in transitioning from the traditional methods of instructing to the differentiated, tech-savvy, modern age of teaching. She has equipped each classroom with top notched technology and students are able to engage in fun, meaningful lessons. She keeps abreast of the current trends and best practices in education to help her students and teachers excel. Monique is an analytical thinker and uses data-driven curriculum coupled with modern “new practices” in education to drive instruction. She has assisted her teachers in improving standardized test scores and the school’s annual yearly performance.