Differentiation-for-gifted-learners---going-beyond-the-basics---winner_large Differentiating for gifted learners is different! Within a group of advanced learners, the variety of abilities, talents, interests and learning preferences can be formidable...

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What is your biggest challenge as a teacher?

Diane HeacoxFor many, it is responding to an increasingly broad spectrum of student interests, readiness needs, and learning preferences as well as assuring that all students progress in their learning.

Differentiated instruction is a way of thinking about teaching and learning. It is also a collection of strategies that enable you to better address and manage the variety of learning needs in your classroom.

  • How do you determine your students’ learning needs easily and accurately?
  • How do you teach to the Common Core in ways which keep students interested, actively engaged and motivated to “do the work”?
  • How do you design learning tasks that match students to just right, right now learning experiences?
  • How do you manage multiple tasks without losing control of your classroom?
  • How is differentiation different for students with learning difficulties? For those who are gifted or academically talented?

The answers to these questions are what differentiated instruction is all about.

Differentiation results in teachers who welcome and celebrate the diversity of the lives, talents, interests and passions of their students. Differentiation creates schools that take pride in being a learning community. Where everyone from the office secretary to the principal, from the custodian to the classroom teacher share a commitment to their students’ success in learning.

Each of you cares about your students and strives to create classrooms clearly focused on their needs. Remember that differentiation is the key to both your success as a teacher and your students’ success as learners. Let me guide you in your professional journey!