Differentiation means getting the best out of every pupil so that they are able to show what they know, understand and what they can do.
Differentiated teaching is a process which includes planning curriculum aims, teaching strategies, resources, teaching methods and ways of interacting with pupils while giving special consideration to:
- differentiation between pupils according to ability
- the different ways pupils learn
- the different speeds at which pupils learn
It must be understood that the abilities and needs of every pupil are different and therefore teaching must reflect that, so that a challenge is provided for every pupil so that their learning is allowed to progress.
“If children can’t learn the way we teach, we should teach them the way they learn.”
|What Differentiated Instruction Means for Teachers|
|Teachers DON’T||Teachers DO|
|develop a separate lesson plan for each student in a classroom.||provide several learning options, or different paths to learning, which help students take in information and make sense of concepts and skills.|
|“water down” the curriculum for some students.||provide appropriate levels of challenge for all students, including those who lag behind, those who are advanced, and those right in the middle.|