How to Differentiate Instruction with Elements of Content

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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teachers differentiate the content they teach so all students can learn. What content is modified, and how does this work? This lesson discusses how to differentiate content while still meeting rigorous standards.

Elements of Differentiation

Joan is a new teacher with a lot of energy. She knows she wants to create opportunities for all students to learn, no matter what levels they're on, and knows differentiation is a good method to use to achieve this. Differentiation will allow her to modify what she teaches, how she teaches it, and what she expects students to produce to show they learned. In other words, she'll differentiate content, process, and product.

She'll do this by getting to know her students well. Joan will need to determine her students' levels of readiness; levels of performance on tasks; interests, like sports or animals; and learner profiles, which include things like gender, culture, and learning style. That's a lot of information to consider. She decides to begin by looking at how she can differentiate the content she plans to teach. Let's take a peek as she gets ready.

Preparing to Differentiate Content

Joan may be a new teacher, but she's a smart cookie. She knows that she'll modify content according to student readiness, interest, and learner profile. In other words, until she gets to know who the students are academically and personally, she won't have enough data to make important teaching decisions, like what level books to use or which teaching methods work best.

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