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Old April 11th, 2009, 07:48 PM   #1

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Any teachers who use differentiated instruction consistently? I've started using it a bit this year, but could use some more guidance in how it works. Suggestions?
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Old September 26th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #2

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I have an awesome project on Egypt that is differentiated. If you teach Ancient Egypt I can set you up with it.

I've also become quite good at differentiating my instruction. If you would like a lesson differentiated, please feel free to let me know.
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I use it all the time. I must use it to teach English in China. I have to find the best possible method for each individual student to learn the language.
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I use it all the time. I must use it to teach English in China. I have to find the best possible method for each individual student to learn the language.
I bet . To me, teaching languages would be a perfect fit for differentiated instruction. It's a good way to keep students engaged/immersed in the language as well as having them learn at their own pace.
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Any teachers who use differentiated instruction consistently? I've started using it a bit this year, but could use some more guidance in how it works. Suggestions?
From what I've gathered from the classes I took this past fall, differentiation is a method to modify and alter lessons to suit the needs of students. Lower level students would get less complex material that might be easier for them to understand, but still covers the same material that the overall lesson is covering. Higher level students would get material, or questions, that would encourage greater thought to think over the subject or to see it in a different way.
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From what I've gathered from the classes I took this past fall, differentiation is a method to modify and alter lessons to suit the needs of students. Lower level students would get less complex material that might be easier for them to understand, but still covers the same material that the overall lesson is covering. Higher level students would get material, or questions, that would encourage greater thought to think over the subject or to see it in a different way.
Yep. Think of it as a road trip. Everyone is heading toward the same destination, but they take different ways to get there. The path may be longer, shorter, more difficult, etc. for each individual. In the end everyone meets up at their destination.
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Yep. Think of it as a road trip. Everyone is heading toward the same destination, but they take different ways to get there. The path may be longer, shorter, more difficult, etc. for each individual. In the end everyone meets up at their destination.
Sounds like it would take a lot of extra time (preparing separate lesson plans for different students?) and a high degree of "knowing your students". (How do you decide who to put in which group?)
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Sounds like it would take a lot of extra time (preparing separate lesson plans for different students?) and a high degree of "knowing your students". (How do you decide who to put in which group?)
It is a lot of work, but its worth the effort and it can be easier to grade. I don't necessarily put kids in groups more than I give them multiple options on a given assignment. You really have to know your kids well in order for it to work.

Lesson plans wouldn't be any different other than listing the various ways one can master the standard/benchmark.
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Sounds like it would take a lot of extra time (preparing separate lesson plans for different students?) and a high degree of "knowing your students". (How do you decide who to put in which group?)
It really isn't different lesson plans as it is altering the lesson to fit the needs of individual students. As Comet said, knowing their skills is key.
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Could you give me an example?
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