Differentiation in Action at Dorothy Hamm Middle
“Differentiation is simply a teacher attending to the learning needs of a particular student or small groups of students, rather than teaching a class as though all individuals in it were basically alike.” – Carol Ann Tomlinson
Differentiation is the practice of learning the interests and needs of each student and then implementing strategies that help a student engage with the curriculum in a way that is authentic and provides a path for learning. There are several differentiation strategies that teachers use everyday, and even the facilitation of such strategies may look different across classes due to the unique needs of each student. Many of the strategies revolve around providing opportunity for choice in product or response, facilitating open-ended discussion or responses, moving quickly from understanding to analysis or application, and utilizing flexible grouping during learning stations or workshop lessons.
So that you can see specific differentiation strategies being utilized in your student’s classes, I will post a Differentiation Report for each quarter. If you have any questions about specific strategies or classes, please feel free to contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-228-2929.