By now you are well-invested in your school year, and you have a good feel for what your students need. You likely have students all over the board and at many different levels - what teacher doesn't encounter this? Hello Differentiated Instruction, your new best friend. As described by our Founder and President, Janie Feinberg, "Differentiation is the recognition of and commitment to plan for student differences. Differentiation is essential because it allows students' learning to be personalized to their specific academic learning needs. A differentiated classroom provides different avenues to acquire content, to process or make sense of information and ideas, and to develop products." Janie goes on to say it can be thought of asgrouped individualization. "Teachers need to identify similar skill levels and group for instruction as closely as possible." Specifically, Differentiation is:
- Providing multiple assignments within each unit, tailored for students of different levels of readiness, interest, and/or learning style
- Proleptic teaching...this is having high expectations for all students - teaching as if you are assuming everyone is going to reach their goal. Aim high and differentiate down as necessary.
This issue has some amazing information. When it comes to Differentiated Instruction, our School Improvement Specialist provide evidence based and field proven strategies. They are the best in the business! If you are interested in a personalized approach to Differentiated Instruction, contact us today, and we will happily assess your needs and come up with a winning plan for success.