Differentiation for the Adolescent Learner: Accommodating Brain Development, Language, Literacy, and Special Needs

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9781412940535: Differentiation for the Adolescent Learner: Accommodating Brain Development, Language, Literacy, and Special Needs

Activate learning with practical techniques that put brain research and technology into practice!

Translating brain research into practical classroom strategies, this valuable resource for adolescent-centered teaching provides keys to curriculum design, instruction, and assessment within the context of a developmentally appropriate, differentiated approach. This book focuses on learners’ intellectual, social, and emotional needs and equips teachers with:

  • A six-point differentiation model
  • Tactics tailored to English Language Learners, gifted learners, and students with special needs
  • Ways to capitalize on technology 
  • Brain-friendly instructional practices grounded in universal design for learning (UDL)
  • Techniques to create environments aligned with adolescents’ specific developmental needs

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About the Author:

Glenda Beamon Crawford’s experiences with young adolescent learners span nearly thirty years. She has taught in grades 4–12 and currently coordinates the middle grades program at Elon University, where she is a professor of teacher education. She has authored three books, including Managing the Adolescent Classroom and Sparking the Thinking of Students, Ages 10–14, as well as articles on structuring classrooms for adolescent thinking and learning. She consults and presents regularly at state, national, and international conferences. Her research and teaching honors include the 2002 North Carolina Award for Outstanding Contribution to Gifted Education, the North Carolina ASCD Outstanding Research Award, and the Teacher of the Year Award.


"Provides research-based strategies that are easy to understand and implement." (Patricia Long Tucker, Regional Superintendent 2007-11-30)

"An important contribution for teachers serious about helping adolescents learn. The book provides tools for a deliberate approach to focus on student learning." (Cynthia Grindy, Chemistry Teacher 2007-11-30)

"Presents a broad and coherent framework that builds connections across theories of adolescent learning and development. The curriculum ideas, questions that prompt teachers’ self-reflection, and guidance for curriculum development all offer tangible tools to teacher educators and leaders in professional development efforts." (Maria Timmons Flores, Assistant Professor 2007-11-30)

"There is something for everyone here. A valuable resource for experienced teachers starting on the road to curriculum integration or switching to teaching adolescents. Preservice teachers would also benefit, because the book emphasizes the nature of the learner." (Mark A. Springer, Teacher 2007-11-30)

"Crawford admirably succeeds at addressing perhaps the most demanding of all adolescent educational endeavors: the daily challenge in educating and preparing adolescents′ minds and talents for continued future growth. This is a must-read book for teachers and an excellent guide for parents." (David H. Reilly, Retired Dean 2008-01-14)

"The implications of this type of learning environment for the middle school student are profound. My students will be excited to be a part of such a classroom!" (Michele Woodson, Curriculum Facilitator 2008-01-14)

"Provides teachers with practical approaches to integrate and implement research-based instructional practices that focus on individual student needs." (Tina Mashburn, Director of Middle Grades Education 2008-01-14)

"Crawford has done a remarkable job of bringing together cutting edge ideas on the differentiation of curriculum and instruction. Her six Es give readers a framework for thinking about the essential aspects of differentiation while her overarching goal of empowering students to manage their own learning provides a vital thread throughout." (Judith Howard, Professor of Education 2008-01-14)

"Crawford′s book is one that middle grades teachers can truly use. This is the kind of reference that becomes well worn, dog-eared, and written in, not dusty and hidden on a bookshelf." (Melaine Rickard, Teacher 2008-01-14)

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Glenda Beamon Crawford (Editor)
Published by Corwin (2008)
ISBN 10: 1412940532 ISBN 13: 9781412940535
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