Students have different learning styles. It’s vital that instruction meet the needs of all students. Using a one size fits all approach is not best practice. Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs.
•Research shows differentiated instruction is effective for high-ability students as well as students with mild to severe disabilities.
•When students are given more options on how they can learn material, they take on more responsibility for their own learning.
•Students appear to be more engaged in learning, and there are reportedly fewer discipline problems in classrooms where teachers provide differentiated lessons.
•There are 4 ways to differentiate instruction:
•Content- what are you teaching?
•Process- How will you teach it?
•Product- What will be the outcome?
•Learning Environment- whole group? Small group?