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Teaching Reading K-2 Workshop.

Differentiating Instruction: Watch the Video

Watch the Video


In the session, you will watch Dr. Paratore's lecture on differentiating instruction for early literacy.

Print Dr. Paratore's Differentiating Instruction Lecture Posters (PDF). Use the posters to take notes on the lecture.

In this video segment, Dr. Paratore reviews the research on grouping formats. These formats include ability grouping, whole-class instruction, and flexible grouping. Next, she presents classroom practices and routines that reflect the research and support flexible grouping for reading instruction. Use the video image below to locate where to begin viewing.

An accompanying lecture transcript (PDF) is also available.

Video Segment.

Dr. Paratore's Lecture

Jeanne R. Paratore.

Find this segment approximately 3 minutes and 35 seconds after the begining of the video. Watch for about 10 1/2 minutes.

After watching the lecture, review your notes and consider these questions:

  • When do you use whole-class instruction in your literacy block?
  • What do you need to consider when grouping students for reading instruction?
  • Guided reading is an instructional approach that groups children with similar needs for reading instruction. How does guided reading differ from traditional ability grouping?
  • How do you balance the three reading routines -- shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading — in your literacy program? Do you emphasize one more than the others? Why?

Following the lecture, the workshop participants discuss their questions and concerns in providing differentiated instruction to address the needs of all children.

Video Segment.

Questions and Challenges

Find this segment approximately 13 minutes and 55 seconds after the begining of the video. Watch for about 3 minutes.

Jeanne R. Paratore.

Now return to your Differentiating Instruction Chart. Add any new questions or challenges that have come from watching the video segment. Identify which teaching practices you have successfully implemented for grouping children in grades K-2.


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