What is differentiation?
The education dictionary defines it as this: Differentiated instruction is the way in which a teacher anticipates and responds to a variety of students' needs in the classroom. To meet students' needs, teachers differentiate by modifying the content (what is being taught), the process (how it is taught) and the product (how students demonstrate their learning).
I always say to student teachers, established teachers, and TAs when they are working with groups – what difference are you going to make to these children’s learning because of your input working with them? If the adult is simply keeping children on task or under control, is the learning right for these kids?
I like to associate differentiation with shoes:
- If we walk around in ill fitting shoes that are uncomfortable, too big or too small we will struggle to learn.
- When our shoes are too big we have not yet...