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Differentiation Instruction is a classroom practice that recognizes the reality that students differ and the most effective teachers do whatever it takes to hook the whole range of kids on learning. When a teacher tries to teach something to the entire class at the same time, chances are
– One-third of the students already know it
– One-third of the students will get it
– One-third of students will not get it
So two-thirds of the students are not in an optimal place for learning.
Much of what we already do in the Arts is Differentiated Instruction. So only minor changes are necessary for teaching artists to adapt and use these techniques with their students.