Differentiation is not just easy vs. difficult work. It's a way of teaching that demonstrates an instructor’s understanding of the different ways in which the brain processes and retains information. This class aims to help music educators understand tendencies in their approach to teaching and raise their awareness of how to differentiate to include all students learning styles. True differentiation meets students where they are and allows them to learn in an interesting, meaningful and respectful way. The class will focus on understanding what differentiation really looks like and developing lessons that are geared toward a variety of learners. The class will enable you to plan for students based on learning styles, personality profiles, readiness and interests.

Instructor: Debra Radke

Debra_RadkeMs. Debra Radke has been teaching elementary special education for 34 years and graduate level courses for 8 years. She has a BsEd in Elementary and Special Education, a MsEd in Curriculum and Instruction and a CAS in Educational Leadership and Administration. Her presentations at the WMEA and IMEA conferences in 2011 and 2012 and classes taught at VanderCook College have been well-attended and well-received. Ms. Radke stays current on the latest in not only special education, but school law (including RtI), brain-based research for the classroom, behavioral interventions and teacher training and evaluation.

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