What is Differentiated Instruction?


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Definition:

Differentiating instruction is the means of creating multiple ways for students of different abilities, interests or learning needs to experience appropriate ways to absorb, use, develop and present concepts as a part of the daily learning process.

Benefits of Differentiated Instruction?

  • Enhances instruction and learning
  • Matches student characteristics and interests to instruction and assessments
  • Provides more student engagement based on interests and ways to provide proof of synthesis

Focus Points of Differentiated Learning

  • Content
  • Process
  • Product

Meeting the Needs of Learners

  • Readiness: knowledge, understanding and skills related to subject
  • Interests: making connections to what intrigues the student
  • Learning Profile: multiple intelligences and learning style (auditory, tactile, visual)

Classroom Considerations For Choice Boards

  • Time
  • Resources
  • Teaching Platform
  • Technology Availability
  • Mandated Curriculum
  • Classroom Assistance