Rebecca Brooks

Rebecca Brooks, EdD, is an assistant professor in the School of Education at California State University San Marcos. Prior to joining the university faculty, Dr. Brooks was a public school special educator for grades K–12.
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How to Differentiate Curriculum

Curriculum Differentiation: Making It Happen

Categories: 21st Century Skills, Instruction

Systems Thinking and Curriculum Differentiation

We recently visited an amazing South American tapas restaurant and were greeted with an extraordinary assortment of delicious and diverse foods. When presented with each subsequent platter, we could have taken one of two attitudes: eagerly welcome the array of these delicacies and appreciate their unique presentation and flavor or hesitate and refrain from indulging. To us, the more distinct the dish, the more we wanted to experience it. As educators, we feel the same about the dynamic and diverse individual needs we find in today’s classrooms. Read more

Unaccomodated students struggle to learn, while accomated students thrive.

Ensuring Accessible Curriculum for All: What’s Your Objective?

Categories: Instruction

How many times have we been confronted with completed assignments that did not accomplish what we intended to teach or assess? With every lesson and every assignment, there is often a percentage of students who did not demonstrate competency at the level we had hoped. We assume that these students may require reteaching. However, we may be surprised to find that the students knew the information all along. We then are perplexed and ask, why didn’t the student just show that on paper? Why did Nathan not answer this way on the test? Why did Karina leave that question blank on her exit slip? Read more