Success Journal

2014 Welcome Edition

Differentiation: The Basis for Optimal Success

Welcome. This Eighth Grade Geography class has been designed to motivate each student for optimal success. Since each of you has come to this class with different needs, levels of readiness, preferences, and interests, I have decided to take a differentiated approach in planning our lessons. This means that during many of our classes, you will be able to choose the types of activities and assignments to be completed (Tomlinson, 2005).

Theresa Ball Edu 673 Assignment 1 Professor Mizzell-Bullock June 11, 2014

Differentiation takes place when the teacher plans and implements her lessons to reach the needs and interest of the students. This is an effective way to insure that each student feels included in the lesson and attains the maximum benefit.


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