Differentiating Instruction Based on Learner Profiles

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  • 0:02 Differentiation Basics
  • 0:51 What Are Learner Profiles?
  • 1:41 Determining Learner Proflies
  • 2:25 Using Learner Profiles
  • 3:36 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Differentiation is a practice of providing intentional learning experiences for every student. Teachers use learner profiles to make decisions about how to differentiate. This lesson defines learner profiles and discusses how to determine them.

Differentiation Basics

Think of the classroom experiences you had growing up. Did the teacher use books tailored to your reading level? Were materials selected according to your interests? Did educators take into account your gender, culture, or intelligence when planning activities and lessons? If so, you were experiencing a method of teaching called differentiation.

Teachers differentiate instruction by modifying the content they teach, like using leveled books or allowing a student to complete a portion of the work. They also modify the process of teaching, such as using whole and small groupings and varying direct instructional techniques. Finally, they modify the product they expect from each student. Educators who use differentiation teach in response to student needs in three ways: student readiness, interest, and learner profiles.

What Are Learner Profiles?

Classrooms are made up of a wide diversity of students, as you may have noticed. Each year, there are students on different levels, who come from different cultures and who bring different talents and struggles to the environment. One aspect teachers consider when planning differentiation is learner profiles, which include:

  • Gender
  • Learning style
  • Culture
  • Talents
  • Intelligence

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