Differentiating Instruction

differentiation and the brainMuch as been written about differentiating instruction, a set of teaching techniques which attempt to meet students where they are and to help the students fulfill their potential in meeting curriculum goals.

To differentiate effectively, the teacher may provide different methods for accessing content, change the process through which the students build their knowledge, or allow for different methods to demonstrate comprehension through a final product. They often do this by assessing student’s readiness frequently so that the student is challenged at the right moment for deeper learning to happen. Instructors may offer the content in different formats or environments to help students learn in the way that best suits their learning style. And, the teacher may learn the things that are intrinsic motivators for the students so that a difficult concept is delivered in a more accessible way.

Want to learn more about differentiating instruction? Check out some of these titles:

Differentiation and the brain:  How neuroscience supports the learner-friendly classroom by David A. Sousa and Carol Ann Tomlinson

Differentiating instruction with menus for the inclusive classroom by Laurie Westphal

Differentiating instruction with centers in the inclusive classroom (K-2) by Judith Sower and Laverne Warner

In addition to these books, the Curriculum Resource Center has teaching aids like math and language manipulatives that can be used to differentiate instruction and provide the tools for the student to construct their knowledge. We have die cuts for making instructional materials related to student’s interests. And we have books in various formats written for a juvenile audience about all subject areas.

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