As a classroom teacher, you know how challenging it can be to meet the needs of all the various types of learners filling those seats in your classroom. First, you need to take into account various learning styles. Some of the students are visual learners, others auditory, while others thrive on kinesthetic input. Additionally, your students are all over the spectrum academically. One group is far ahead, another is struggling to stay afloat, and another group is chugging along right where they should be at grade level.
How can one teacher create lessons to meet the needs of all of these various learners without spending countless hours planning separate lessons and bringing in volunteers to help instruct all of the student groups? Find the answer in tiered lesson plans.
By this point in time, just about every locality has compiled a series of academic standards that must be met at each grade level. There is little wiggle-room here, but there is also great potential when tiered lessons are employed. By starting with a set standard or group of objectives and creating a lesson that naturally allows for flexibility, expansion on the topic, and a variety of possible product outcomes, you’ll meet the needs of all learners while still keeping whole-group lessons on point and relatively compact.
A crucial point is to start with the standards and grow the lesson from there. All the students will then have the same concept development, but with varying activities and reading material that meets them where they are to focus on their particular academic needs.
The Standards Toolbox lesson planner provides a great platform for building and storing your tiered lessons, and you can even differentiate related test items.