Differentiation refers to the various levels of students’ academia within a lesson, subject, or grade level. It is an instructional teaching style where the teacher recognizes each student’s knowledge of a subject based on some sort of assessment and modify the content of their lesson to help suit the needs of the child’s learning. In the instructional process, the teacher determines if the subject area covered should be discussed as whole class, small group or independent.
To differentiate instruction, it is important find out the student’s background knowledge of a subject, use different learning preferences to better equip the student, and find out about the student’s interest and build upon them. The intent for this learning style is to maximize the student’s growth academically and their individual success.
Eccentric Education creates a profile of all their students. The use of Garner’s Multiple Intelligences provides different types learning styles appropriate for your student and will guide their learning experience. This provides the opportunity for the student to build confidence in their own strengths and use them to help with learning new ideas and concepts. Differentiation is a diving board into the brain of the student, it gives direction to the teacher on how to introduce a lesson and teach the lesson in the most effective way to all students despite their variances.
Although differentiation seems like an easy process, it should be something that is not fixed but modified each time a new lesson is introduced or when deemed necessary for the student. There will be times that the teacher will have to modify what is more important for each student in homeschool program depending on the student’s knowledge of the content. The most important thing to remember about differentiation in this setting is the student mastery of the content. The impact upon the teacher is the accountability of meeting the goal for the student’s mastery of the subject and the prep for this instruction should be the first step into reaching that goal.