Differentiated Instruction Strategies for Language Arts

Instructor: Lesley King

Lesley has taught ESOL for many years, holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and a doctorate degree in Instructional Leadership.

This lesson presents different approaches for reaching learners in language arts. You will also see examples for meeting individual learners' needs in language arts through differentiated instruction.

What Is Differentiated Instruction?

Anytime we hear the word differentiation, we cannot ignore the core word different. This is a quick way to remember what it means to differentiate instruction. Differentiated instruction involves matching a variety of strategies to learners' needs to lead them to the desired learning outcome.

As a teacher, you can determine differentiation strategies and approaches by examining a learner's test scores, disabilities, strengths, and talents. One key to successful differentiated instruction is understanding that each learner has different needs. Therefore, you should consider a multitude of strategies when planning and delivering instruction in all subject areas.

Why Should Instruction Be Differentiated?

Instruction should be differentiated because learners come to the classroom with diverse language abilities, cultural beliefs, experiences, and challenges. You should differentiate instruction to make sure that learning is designed to be flexible and beneficial for your students. You should also differentiate instruction to align with the varied challenges that learners may face when trying to meet instructional goals related to classroom, district, state, and national assessments.

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