The differentiated classroom is one of continuous teacher facilitation, monitoring, feedback, re-teaching, and redirecting student learning. When differentiating for “How will students learn?” it is necessary to consider learning choices, adjustable assignments, and flexible groups.
Strategies empower teachers with the ability to engage students in learning. As students have learning choices—even small ones—they are exhilarated with the possibilities. Even highly specific strategies, including note taking techniques or thinking maps, offer continuous choice-making on the part of students as they have to think and write.
When facing choices, the student must not perceive that one choice is easier than the rest. With adjustable or tiered assignments, tasks that would generally be offered to all students are adjusted in a variety of ways to meet the different readiness needs of individual learners. Gayle Gregory presents the Adjustable Planning Grid to help teachers identify various knowledge levels and how to plan to meet the learning needs of students at all levels of mastery.
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