Series: Success at the Core: Instructional Expertise

Using Expertise to Group Students
Lesson Objective: Pair student needs with teacher expertise to improve learning
All Grades / All Subjects / Differentiation

Thought starters

  1. According to the teachers and the principal, what are the benefits of the differentiated labs?
  2. How are teachers' individual areas of expertise identified?
  3. How does this school use instructional expertise to advance quality instruction?
I like the idea of them teachers meeting and planning together. It is a great way to utilize each others strengths to help students.
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I wish I could see what kind of data was being gathered on those pie charts.
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We have toyed with that idea here and there but it was always in 'test crunch' mode. It would be cool to see it varied for labs.
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There are no egos among this team. Trust in each other help to make their team so effective.
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The videos showed different techniques for teachers to use that would help them to understand how to teach students that has different needs. I learned that the essential components of differentiation are grouping, scaffolding, and tiering. And that a teacher can structure a lesson using all three to address the needs of there students in there class. Students learn best when they are comfortable to the way they learn.
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School Details

Covington Middle School
11200 Ne Rosewood Rd
Vancouver WA 98662
Population: 1046

Data Provided By:



Byron Molle
Suzanne Sooter
Kristi Young
David Piercy



All Grades / All Subjects / Tch Tools

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture