Developing an Understanding of Differentiated Instruction

Developing an Understanding of Differentiated Instruction
Within the first week of school
1. Is everyone good at the same things?

Objectives:

  • Understand that the teacher cares about them
  • Share information about themselves
  • Consider how classmates are similar and different
  • Think about a classroom that addresses everyone’s needs
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2. Should I teach everyone the same way?

Objectives:

  • Understand that everyone has different learning needs
  • Recognize that instructional options are beneficial
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3. What will classroom instruction be like?

Objectives:

  • Understand that classroom instruction will be different than what they are used to
  • Understand that not everyone will be working on the same activity
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4. How can I find out about what you need to learn best?

Objective:

  • Understand that the teacher will monitor (e.g., giving quizzes, asking questions, observing) them throughout the year to find out how to best teach them
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After students have experienced a differentiated classroom for a few weeks
5. How is it fair if we are all doing different things to help us learn?

Objective:

  • Understand that “fair” doesn’t mean “same”; “fair” means that everyone gets what they need to be able to learn
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6. How we will measure success?

Objectives:

  • Understand that grades don’t always reflect success
  • Recognize that success is equal to working hard and growing, which ultimately leads to reaching or exceeding your goals
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