What does differentiation in the classroom really look like? Students who display characteristics of gifted children must have differentiated instructional activities - no excuses!
Differentiation is recognizing that students have a variety of background knowledge and experiences, interests, readiness and interests, and then reacting appropriately.
Educators who use differentiation recognize that some students really do display gifted characteristics. Teachers can change the content, process, expected outcomes and even the learning environment to meet a child's needs.
Instruction should be adapted to the individual students in your classroom, not solely based on your grade-level criteria.
While you cannot always change the content of what you are to teach (and you should always cover your standards and indicators), you do have complete control over the process you use to teach that content.
Teachers should always use Blooms Taxonomy Questions and other best teaching practices to help differentiate lessons.
You can also extend the content by going more in-depth and providing alternative ways to evaluate learning.
Match the level and depth of your curriculum to the motivation and readiness of your students (Tomlinson, 1999).
Keeping in mind current studies about brain research and learning will also give teachers other ways of increasing their students' comprehension and deep understanding.
Be sure everybody learns something new everyday. You can do this through differentiation in the classroom.
In Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, McREL and Marzano identified nine effective differentiation strategies for any classroom.
Note-taking, nonlinguistic representation and providing feedback such as rubrics are three of the ways discussed. One that I particularly am aware of is the use of vocabulary - teaching it in a systematic way in every grade level.
These differentiated instructional activities can be applied in any learning environment. They will result in significantly increased student learning.
When implemented consistently and correctly, the strategies outlined can provide average percentile point gains as high as 45% on student achievement tests.
Teaching gifted students requires specific strategies that are geared towards raising their achievement.
Children with intellectual giftedness will be your biggest challenge to adequately differentiate for.
When your students are all over the place with their reading levels, how to you reach them all successfully?
Get your students reading nearly 100 books at their individual levels from a variety of genres with Reading Karate. A slam-dunk winner with kids of all ages.
Return to Top: Differentiation in the Classroom
Other Pages You Will Enjoy: