Design a quiz to show how Differentiated Instructional Strategies are understood. The quiz must include four essay questions that will show that the student taking the test understands:
Authentic Assessment, E-portfolios, Formative Assessment, Portfolio, Pre-Assessment and summative Assessment
Use the Six Levels of Bloom's Taxonomy to guide you with your questions.
It is no longer an accepted practice to teach according to the average learner or middle ground where those at either end of the spectrum function without any hope of reaching potential. Personal development is key to a modern approach. Bloom's Taxonomy is a popular method to overcome the problem of knowledge transfer which traditionally involves rote-type learning without sufficient interaction and participation. Applying Bloom's Taxonomy, (updated), in classrooms with learners of varying abilities, ensures a more wide-ranging result. Learning objectives become more defined as educators can ensure learners do not simply obtain a range of skills but actually master them.
Some questions to consider in designing a quiz to test an understanding of differentiated instructional strategies could include:
1. Authentic assessment is also referred to as:
a) knowledge transfer b) performance-based assessment
c) behavioral assessment d) measurement
Correct answer b).
2. Differentiated instruction can be defined as:
a) the ability to teach a large group of learners, meeting the needs of the average child to ensure the greatest knowledge transfer
b) the categorization of learners into separate groups with defined academic needs
c) meeting the needs of the greatest number of learners through various learning strategies.
d) teaching through intense instruction and rote learning
Correct answer c).
3. Which words best describe a differentiated instructional approach:
a) learning is informative and factual
b) learning is based on knowledge transfer
c) learning is divided into categories and learners are taught according to their abilities
d) learning is interactive, appropriate and stimulating
Correct answer d)
4. How does a differentiated learning strategy make allowances for learners' needs and challenges?
a) by splitting learners into groups according to their abilities
b) by providing content-rich information to enable them to learn facts by heart so they can recall those facts when required.
c) by integrating learning methods to ensure that learners at both ends of the spectrum - those with learning difficulties and those considered gifted - derive equal benefit.
d) by teaching according to a middle ground so that learners do not get left behind.
Correct answer c).
5. Select the best answer below:
a) E-portfolios discourage participation and active involvement. Educators cannot assess progress
b) E- portfolios encourage participation and student involvement and allow educators to assess progress.
Essay questions, (although a "quiz" usually infers short responses and less formal answers) could include:
1. Bloom's Taxonomy is a widely- used method for ensuring a holistic approach to instructional learning. Explain your understanding of this approach and how it differs from traditional methods of teaching and learning.
2. Why do educators prefer differentiated instructional learning methods and how do these methods assist gifted learners?
3. The field of education has made huge strides in providing education that meets the needs of the greatest number of learners in any situation. Previously, learners were equipped with knowledge rather than skills. Discuss this statement in relation to the use of differentiated instructional strategies and knowledge transfer.
4. Differentiated instructional strategies include various stages and levels of assessment. Discuss these assessments and how they contribute to the overall learning experience of learners.