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Differentiated Instruction

Defining diferentiated instruction, outlining it's importance in the classroom, and giving ways to differentiate specefic lessons.
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Gessi Smith

on 11 January 2011

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Transcript of Differentiated Instruction

So, What would you do if you were a teacher and you were given a class of mixed ability students ranging from high level to low level? Teach them all the same? But is that right? Or should we differentiate instruction? What is that? Differentiate? That's where teachers meet the needs of each individual student and help them progress toward their goal
of achieving set standards. The way we now differentiate comes from an advancing field of research including: practical methods from special education, gifted education, multi-age classrooms and is now coming to consist of research about the brain and multiple intelligences. Linguistic Logical/ Mathamatical Visual/ Spatial Musical Bodily/ Kinestitic Interpersonal Naturalist Intrapersonal Best way to discover a student's learning profile ...is having the ability to learn through using pictures to understand concepts and visualize outcomes. ...is the ability to communicate through writing or reading. ...is the ability to reflect on, study, understand, and solve problems individually. ...is the ability to use the body’s movements to understand and solve issues. ...is the ability to use good social and communication skills while doing group work. ...is the ability to learn productively within the environment. ...is the ability to find and understand patterns and follow logical sequences. ...is the ability to learn though rhythm, music, and songs. picture smart word smart myself smart body smart people smart nature smart number smart music smart How can I do that? You can differentiate through student readiness, student interest, profiles, content, process, or product. Student readiness is where students are grouped based on their ability level in the subject they are studing. Differentiated instruction is based off of students' learning profiles, which are determined through Garder's theory of multiple intelligences or other theorists' work. Grouping students based upon what they're interested in can create a more supportive environment for natural curiosity and learning. Differentiation allows for variation in content without loosing sight of the Standard. This allows students to all be taught the same thing, but each at a level that is not too challenging. Process is when a teacher teaches by addressing the students' abilities, learning styles, and interests and, in turn, differentiates his or her
teaching methods. Product is the way students demonstrate what they have learned. What does this have to
do with my class room? Why should I use it? How is it going to help me? Wait! Differentiated Instruction can help teachers target problem areas in certain students. This can help students learn more and learn better. In addition, the ways of differentiation can help gain and retain students' interest. Differentiating instruction can help build a better learning relationship with students. This teaching strategy can also help students who struggle with traditional learning styles reach higher levels of learning. F Q A requently sked uestions Developmental Theories Piaget Erikson Kohlberg Maslow Model of Moral Reasoning www.surveymonkey.com/s/F2SV62Q So, What would you do if you were a
teacher and you were given a class of mixed ability students ranging from high level to low level? Teach the all the same? Differentiated instruction can improve the way your students learn. If students are more comfortable learning, their standardized test scores will go up. Overall, this strategy will improve the learning atmosphere in your classroom. Third grade students can learn about the habits and environment of birds by reading a non-fiction book or reading a fiction book from a genre that they enjoy. Test or Project You can give notes... or on the flip side... ...on frogs ACTUALLY DISECT THEM! So in the classroom... DIFFERENTIATE m m
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