Differentiation

What it is - What it is not

What is differentiation?

Simply put, it's meeting the individual needs of your students. Carol Ann Tomlinson states, "teachers offer different approaches to what students learn, how they learn it, and how they demonstrate what they've learned" (2001).
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When do we differentiate?

The quick (but not easy) answer: ALWAYS!
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What can be differentiated?

CONTENT - what is being taught. We can modify what we teach or how we make it accessible.


PROCESS - the time for students to make sense of what they learned by "playing" around with the ideas.


PRODUCT - Students demonstrate what they have learned.

What is a realistic goal for a first year teacher in the area of differentiated instruction?

Differentiated instruction classrooms are built over time and draws on teacher experience.
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