Our point is… Every necklace in this room is different because of our various teaching and personal experiences, just as every student in our classrooms are different because of their educational experiences. We must meet the needs of every learner, not just the ones that are on the same academic level.
What is Differentiated Instruction? Differentiated instruction is when teachers maximize the learning potential of a classroom by modifying curriculum, teaching methods, learning resources and activities to address the needs of the students, as individuals or small groups gathered by learning level. The teacher adjusts the pace of the teaching according to the needs of the students as well as their interests and learning styles.
Why Differentiate? Students are more responsive and successful learners if instruction is provided at their readiness level and takes their interests into consideration.
Who Benefits From the Differentiated Stations? Challenging A learner who is bored and not engaged in learning in the classroom becomes bored. Bored and frustrated learners typically act out, disrupting learning for those students who were engaged in the instruction. Examples: On grade level students that want a challenge or students that have been identified as Gifted and above grade level. Basic A learner who is lost, or overwhelmed in the classroom becomes frustrated. Examples: A student that has fallen behind or a special education student.
How to Differentiate Project Child Stations Follow the Rigor/Relevance Framework Hard: Begin with a basic skill and focus on words in Quadrant A; name, label, define, select, identify... Harder: Quadrant B/C; apply, sequence, solve, analyze, compare… Hardest: Quadrant C/D: contrast, explain, conclude, evaluate, justify… each level builds in each other
You do the same skill, just on three different skill levels. For example, Hard: Label each as a cause or an effect. Harder: Match or Sequence the cause with the effect. Hardest: Create a cause for each effect AND an effect for each cause. Justify why it is the cause or the effect.
Connects students with real-world experiences of college. Example; (Reading) Information brochure on UK, then answer questions about the college.
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Nooks at Reading and Listening Station Download multiple books to e-reader prior to setting them up at station. Student chooses a book on their own level. Reads the book or a chapter. Student then fills out a graphic organizer relating to the skill being assessed at the end of that station week.