If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. ~ Ignacio Estrada
"Today's classrooms are filled with diverse learners who differ not only culturally and linguistically but also in their cognitive abilities, background knowledge, and learning preferences. Faced with such diversity, many schools are implementing differentiated instruction in an effort to effectively address all students' learning needs," says Tracy A. Huebner. One of this classroom's diverse learners is Lee. To read her case study click here.
Lee has troubles generating original ideas, relating new knowledge to personal experiences, brainstorming, as well as some other skills needed in this English class. There will be many techniques used to accommodate her, as well as the other students throughout this unit. For Lee, specifically, I will:
Give her prompts to help her with her brainstorming
as well as choosing a topic for her original short story
Give her options on how she delivers
information (such as verbally, visually, etc.)
Pair her with a study buddy, some one whose
weaknesses are math and science and strengths are English and history.
The chart below shows how different types of differentiation has been included throughout this unit.
Type of Differentiated Instruction
Tiered Assignments and Products: Students at different levels have different assignments or different forms of an assignment.
Independent Study: Based off student interests, studies are modified to certain students.
Flexible Grouping: Expert groups will be created based off student interest and ability.
Multiple Levels of Questions: Flexibility to generate different levels of questions.