Differentiation in the classroom

Teachers today are becoming better trained in assessing individual student needs and responding to those needs in appropriate ways. While there are many definitions of differentiated instruction, Tracey Hall, Ph.D., provides one that is particularly helpful: “To differentiate instruction is to recognize students’ varying background knowledge, readiness, language, preference in learning, interests, and to react responsively. Differentiated instruction is a process to approach teaching and learning for students with differing abilities in the same class.” In other words, teachers now adjust the pace, style, and level of instruction to meet the needs of individual students in their class. The goal is to provide quality instruction for all students. Ask your child’s teacher if he or she is differentiating instruction in the classroom and how he or she is differentiating for your child.

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