J Taylor Education’s Differentiation Smart Reference Guide: Working with Universal Concepts/Themes

By J Taylor Education

The Differentiation Smart Reference Guide from J Taylor Education is a comprehensive and easy-to-use resource for teachers. The concept of differentiation (tailoring the core curriculum to the unique needs of students) is key in cultivating meaningful lessons for students. Once teachers become comfortable with the using Depth and Complexity Icons to differentiate the next step is to utilize Universal Concepts and Themes. Universal Concepts/Themes are organizing ideas that scaffold student learning and prompt in-depth discussions. They work as an overarching concept that the Depth & Complexity Icons fit into (parts of a whole).

The section titled “Working with Universal Concepts/Themes” provides a number of content and grade-level specific examples for a variety of Universal Concepts. Teachers will find themselves continually referring to this reference guide as their students exceed standards throughout the school year.


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