About This Chapter
Student Characteristics in Differentiated Instruction - Chapter Summary
As you study this chapter, you will learn how developing your teaching techniques based on the needs of your students can provide them with the best education opportunities possible. The factors that may impact your students' learning abilities include:
- Their readiness to focus on a particular skill or topic
- How interested the students are in specific pursuits
- The students' learning profiles, including their gender, culture, race, and intelligence level
Through reviewing the individual lessons within this chapter, you will become more familiar with these learning factors and the best approaches to work with them. The quizzes at the end of each lesson will help you gauge how well you understand what you just reviewed.
How It Helps
- Teaches techniques: You will learn how to vary your teaching styles based on the different needs of your students.
- Identifies different factors: Numerous factors that impact a student's learning capabilities and interests will be presented to you so you will better be able to recognize them in the future.
- Enhances the learning experience: Through developing an understanding of how best to direct your teaching towards your students, their learning experiences will improve.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Develop appropriate tasks for students of different learning readiness levels
- Understand how students' interests can impact their learning and how you can use this information to implement relevant teaching techniques
- Cater your teaching to students based on their culture, age, gender, and other factors you learn to identify
1. Differentiating Instruction Based on Student Readiness
Though children learn and grow in predictable steps, they're all unique learners with very different needs. This lesson discusses how students differ in readiness, and how teachers can offer differentiated experiences based on student readiness.
2. Differentiating Instruction Based on Student Interest
Tailoring instruction to student interest is a good strategy for helping students connect with learning. This lesson will provide strategies and techniques for differentiating instruction for different interests.
3. Differentiating Instruction Based on Learner Profiles
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.
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Other chapters within the Using Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom course
- Understanding Differentiated Instruction
- Principles of Differentiated Instruction
- Planning & Designing Differentiated Instruction
- Strategies for Adapting to Learner Needs
- Managing Differentiated Classrooms
- Strategies for Differentiating Instruction
- Technology as an Instructional Tool
- Using Assessment to Inform Instruction