What Is Differentiation And Differentiation

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Differentiation may be such a scary word for teachers everywhere; at least it was for me. However, when I looked to my two children at home, who were born and raised by the same parents, within the same cultural context, sharing the same DNA traits, this scary word starts to make more sense. At home, Jonathan (12-year-old boy) and Isabella (7-year-old girl), both equally need “my energy, heart and mind” and just like my students in the classroom, according to Dr. Tomlinson, “how” they need me will be different. Dr. Tomlinson’s three conclusions about teaching and learning, which will create effective differentiation, are as follows: 1) We must know the different learners in our classroom and use this knowledge to help them “make meaning”, to connect them to whatever we are trying to teach. 2) We must keep a high-quality curriculum and instruction in our classroom, preparing to lead our learners “beyond their independence level” with a main goal not to lose any “potential brainpower”. 3) Our success as educators will only happen if we “build bridges between the learner and learning”, helping them to understand how the things we are teaching in the classroom will fit into their own lives, because school cannot be “like…show more content…
Tomlinson, there are a lot of factors to be considered when talking about differentiated instruction and it could be overwhelming. However, I can start small by considering two major categories of students “those who are advanced and those who struggle”. Having these two groups in mind one of the strategies that I will be using is to look into the four categories of learning-profile, which considers my students’ learning style, intelligence preference, gender and culture. Then I will adapt my room, by creating different “looks and working arrangements”, and will teach the same subject to all of them, but using different activities that will recognize their preferences (audio, visual, kinesthetic, whole-to-part, part-to-whole,
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