Differentiation in a High School Classroom
If only differentiation was that easy! Meeting the needs of 150+ high school students can be tough!
What is differentiated instruction?
3 Personalization Myths
Myth #2. Personalized learning is always interest-based. While student interest is part of an engaging lesson, it is only one part. Helping students find relevance and be successful can also increase engagement.
Myth #3. Personalized learning is way more work than one-size-fits-all curriculum. Instead of spending time reading a prescribed lesson and making copies, redistribute time to focusing on the needs of your students. Students slowly take more ownership of their learning, which saves teachers time in the long run.
What are Good Rules for Differentiation?
2. Use formative assessment as a road map to guide instruction.
3. Identify various ways students might demonstrate their learning.
4. Consider what works best for individual students. Check out this student learning inventory.
5. Group students by readiness, interest, or learning styles.
Eighty percent of differentiation is mind-set; the rest is craft. - Rick Wormeli
France, P. (2015). 3 personalization myths. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/3-personalization-myths.
Tomlinson, C. A. (2001). How to differentiate instruction in mixed-ability classrooms. Alexandria, Virginia: ASCD.