Can you describe a lesson that used differientiated learning techniques and how you felt the lesson was successful? Can you describe a lesson that used differientiated learning techniques and how you felt the lesson was successful?
Differentiation is highly complex on some levels (it's a huge buffet of choices for an instructor to attempt), but on some levels, it's simple: you have to make choices for today's lesson.
To differentiate, you need to be aware of three key areas of students' abilities and styles in order to prepare a lesson.
- students' readiness levels: who's below grade level, as in novice or ELL; who's on target, as in "will be at grade level by the end of the year"; and who's advanced, as in, shows above grade level knowledge and skill and giftedness.
- students' learning styles: multiple intelligences, pace of learning, and so forth.
- students' interests: ranging from English to math, to skateboarding to swimming, to the Civil War to photography -- as wide a range as you can think of!
You will also want to differentiate content, process, and product: what knowledge and skills they learn, how they learn, and how they show you what they now know and can do.
Here's how I plan a differentiated lesson, using...
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