Differentiation is a way of thinking about the classroom with the goals of honoring each student’s learning needs and maximizing each student’s learning capacity while developing a solid community of learners to ensure that students will learn well together.
Carol Ann Tomlinson, ASCD Conference on Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design, Denver, CO, July 2006.
1. Individualization. It is not a different lesson for each student each day.
2. Giving all students the same work or even identical assessments all of the time.
3. Assuming that all students learn by listening.
4. Merely having centers in the classroom.
5. Assigning more work to students who have demonstrated mastery in an area.
6. Only for students who demonstrate a need for acceleration.
Learning Cycle and Decision Factors Used in Planning and Implementation Differentiated Instruction Pre-Assessment Student : Readiness/Ability/Interest/Talents/ Learning Profile/Prior Knowledge Content: What teacher plans to teach Process ; How teacher Plans Instruction Whole class Groups/Pairs Individuality Assessment of Content: Product Assessment of Process: Product
Create a space that reflects the learning goals of the work space, the personality, interest, and age of the students who learn there. Create a space that is a comfortable and productive learning environment for all.
What were the five most important things that you saw in your travels as a group. Spend a few minutes figuring out what you want to list and then we will go around the room and each group will present their Top Five.