J Taylor Education’s The Differentiation Smart Reference Guide is a key resource when creating meaningful lessons for students. Once teachers become comfortable with the use of the Icons of Depth and Complexity, the next step is to introduce Universal Concepts and Themes. Universal Concepts/Themes are organizing ideas that scaffold student learning and prompt in-depth discussions. The “Universal Concepts/Themes” section identifies possible themes and provides a number of content and grade-level specific examples. Teachers will find themselves continually referring to this reference guide as their students exceed standards throughout the school year. The following links can be useful to get you started with this topic when utilizing Depth & Complexity Icons to differentiate: themes-generalizations and Universal Themes.
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