A Four-Tier Differentiation Model: Engage All Students in the Learning Process
Teacher Education and Practice
This study details the creation of a four-tiered format designed to help preservice teachers write differentiated lesson plans. A short history of lesson plan differentiation models is described and how the four-tier approach was developed through collaboration with classroom teachers and university faculty. The unifying element for the format came from response to intervention. In-service teachers experimented with the format and identified missing elements. Extensive data were gathered when the method was pilot-tested by a preservice teacher. Further data collections were made when graduate preservice teachers used the four-tier method. This collaborative process helped create a four-tiered format for lesson differentiation designed to help preservice teachers create lesson plans to engage all students in the learning process.
Teacher education systems strive to graduate preservice teachers with the skills to create lesson plans that can teach diverse populations. It is the responsibility of each classroom teacher to create learning opportunities for all students. The National Research Council (in Everybody Counts, 1989) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (in its 2000 call for “algebra for all”; Chioke, 2000) put forth the challenge for every teacher to be able to successfully create learning opportunities for all students. These articles were part of the drive to differentiate lesson plans to help all students learn.
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Herrelko, Janet M., "A Four-Tier Differentiation Model: Engage All Students in the Learning Process" (2013). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 22.