Differentiated Instruction Essay

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Differentiated Instruction with Pattern Making
Early childhood education provides the building blocks to learning. The children who are enrolled in a preschool or child care setting are being exposed to a variety learning materials as well as new concepts and ideas. The young learners need to be taught in a setting that provides strategies that play to their weakness as well as strengths. This is where differentiated instruction comes into play. Differentiated instruction is a model of instruction that allows educators to offer alternatives and options to their learners to meet their learners’ needs. Tomlinson (2001) states “Differentiated classrooms provide different avenues to acquire content, to produce or make sense of ideas and developing product so that each student can learn effectively” (p. 1).
Preschoolers are constantly being bombarded with new concepts and information on a daily basis. Many of these young learners have not acquired all of the necessary skills to work independently without support from their parents, teacher, and even their peers. By using tiered activities as well as flexible grouping, young learners will acquire the key concepts of a lesson or activity. Allowing learners to work in learning centers that scaffold materials to reach all of their
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It targets all the students’ needs without leaving anyone out. Differentiated instruction allows educators to plan activities and lessons that provided a higher order of thinking to their students. This course has provided me with a wealth a knowledge that I can pass on to my co-worker by showing them first hand through learning activities how to differentiate content, process, and product. In the article Moving to Assessment-Guided Differentiated Instruction to Support Young Children 's Alphabet Knowledge by Shanye Piasta, provided a great reason why early childhood educators should differentiate instruction. Piasta,( 2014)
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