Teachers' Beliefs & Differentiated Instruction


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Juan is struggling to understand the big words that his teacher uses. When he explains that he's struggling, she says that's because Juan isn't good with language. She believes that students are either good with language or not, and that there isn't much she or Juan can do to improve his language skills. Juan's teacher has a _____ mindset.

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1. Janelle is a math teacher. When explaining a new concept, she uses multiple approaches such as manipulatives, analogies, group work, and independent practice. Janelle's use of many ways of accessing information can be best described as _____.

2. Dr. Ruiz is trying to explain belief systems to his students. He is most correct when he says that they _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With this quiz/worksheet, you can assess how much you remember about the beliefs that guide differentiated instruction. Key areas include a type of mindset a teacher has about a student's inability to experience growth in learning and a type of approach to teaching that offers many ways of accessing information.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See what you know about the following on the quiz:

  • The best way of explaining belief systems
  • Psychologist who first identified two main mindsets about intelligence
  • Teacher most likely to differentiate instruction

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on the beliefs that guide differentiated instruction, including an approach to teaching that offers multiple ways of accessing information
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a way of explaining belief systems to students and the psychologist who first defined the major mindsets about intelligence
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a type of instruction that assumes a student can't experience growth in learning

Additional Learning

The lesson called Teachers' Beliefs & Differentiated Instruction will teach you more about the following points:

  • Process of teaching students no matter their level of learning
  • Belief systems that can be interrelated
  • The way teachers' belief systems can impact how they teach