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Differentiating Instruction to Engage Students of All Levels

Differentiating Instruction to Engage Students of All Levels
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  • 0:03 Importance of Differentiation
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Differentiation is a tool teachers can use to help all students succeed and using instructional strategies to engage students on every level. This lesson explains how to make sure all students have opportunities to be challenged and engaged.

Importance of Differentiation

Every day, teachers are tasked with making sure the students they work with receive instruction to meet individual levels and interests, what we refer to as differentiated instruction. We know differentiating is vital to student success; teaching in one way without modifying instructional methods or processes leaves some students confused and others unchallenged.

Anthony is a teacher who wants to make sure that every learner in his classroom has a chance to succeed. He provides tasks that are equally interesting and engaging and makes sure they all have an equal chance to understand essential skills. How does he help each student feel challenged and engaged while making sure they understand the topic and move on to the next learning stage? Glad you asked.

Setting Students Up for Learning

Anthony does several things to make sure each of his students has the same opportunities to learn and succeed:

  • Organize the classroom to support differentiated learning - Before students arrive at his door in the fall, Anthony groups the desks into pods of 3 or 4 students to facilitate cooperative learning. He also sets up a guided learning area where he'll work with a small group of students.

  • Assess students - During the first few weeks of school, Anthony gives his students several different types of screenings and assessments to determine their specific reading, writing, and math levels.

  • Organize his teaching - Using the results of the assessments and the curriculum objectives as a guide, Tony plans his teaching, both for the scope of the year and on a day-to-day basis.

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