- Motivating Underachievers Using Response to Intervention and Differentiated Instruction
Every classroom teacher looks for ways to motivate, teach, and assess unmotivated students, those who are not working to their potential. In this practical, hands-on course, Dr. Carolyn Coil helps educators design interventions that help unmotivated students improve academic achievement and classroom behavior. She analyzes causes for underachievement, then helps teachers in the classroom identify the various learning styles and modalities that help students overcome their challenges. Early in the course, she explains why assessment is a critical aspect of differentiating instruction and focuses on assessment tools, Progress Monitoring Forms, Achiever Rubrics, and learning checklists that serve as tools to track what is working with individual students and what is not. Dr. Coil’s approach is both strategic and pragmatic. She demonstrates how differentiated instruction [DI] incorporates different levels of learning, adjustments in timing, and setting expectations for students involved in different classroom activities requiring different skills, each according to his or her needs. She shows how Response to Intervention [RTI] provides for targeted interventions, academic and behavioral screening for all students, and frequent monitoring of particular students. Finally, Dr. Coil demonstrates how assessment informs instructional plans, providing hands-on strategies for developing standards-related criteria to measure student product and performance. After completing this course, participants will have an excellent blueprint for implementing both differentiated instruction and RTI in their classrooms, helping their students to become lifelong and motivated learners.
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