Differentiated Instruction: Maximizing Learning for All
In spite of the growing variety of students in our classrooms and abundant evidence that our schools are not serving students well, many teachers teach as though all students in the same grade level are exactly the same! Many teachers are aware that students are different and agree that addressing these differences is beneficial, however, most teachers do not have a systematic way of doing this. Differentiated instruction is a system to help address student differences and has been shown to have a strong positive effect on outcomes across all groups, but many teachers do not fully understand the concept or are hesitant to implement it for a variety of reasons. This 4-hour course, based on the work of Carol Tomlinson, will cover the basics of differentiated instruction, some tips on getting started, and some strategies.