Differentiation at Work K-5
Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing...
Fair is everyone getting what they need in order to be SUCCESSFUL.
Why is it necessary?
“The biggest mistake of past centuries in teaching has been to treat all children as if they were variants of the same individual, and thus to feel justified in teaching them the same subjects in the same ways.”-Howard Gardner
“The intent of differentiating instruction is to maximize each student’s growth and individual success by meeting each student where he or she is, and assisting
in the learning process.”
First we need to understand:
What Is Differentiated Instruction?
by Christina Yu, Knewton.com
Differentiated instruction, the tailoring of educational experiences to meet individual learner needs, is nothing new. Hardworking teachers have always recognized the diverse needs of students and adjusted their instruction to account for them. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, small group activities, individualized course packets, reading assignments, and projects, teachers are addressing a range of student levels, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and goals in their classrooms today.
5 Examples Of Differentiated Instruction
- Varying sets of reading comprehension questions to answer for a given book (either chosen by the teacher or student).
- A personalized course packet with individualized remediation or enrichment materials.
- An adaptive assessment that gets easier or harder depending on how a student is performing.
- One-on-one coaching with a student, designed around his/her specific challenges.
- Students grouped into small groups, which are designed around their strengths and weaknesses so that they can tutor each other.
5 Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction
- Assigning ‘advanced’ students to teach ‘struggling’ students.
- Giving ‘advanced’ students no homework.
- Grouping students into different classes based on their ability.
- Letting advanced students out of class early or giving them more free play time.
- Simply allowing students to choose their own books to read off of a list.