Monday, September 14, 2009

Two meanings of differentiation

Differentiation has become a buzz words. It can mean very little when just thrown around or it can mean a lot, but today I read the word in a whole different way. 

In a chapter for a course I'm taking the book discusses differentiated instruction in terms of differentiated tracking courses that took place many years ago between general education students, poor performing students, special education students, and that often related to different races and cultures. 

Nowadays this word is all about how we cater lessons to suit different students in our class. Always remember, differentiation means holding all of our students to the same standards and making sure all of them can reach, grab, and learn 

1 comment:

K. M. Walton said...

Hey - just found your blog! I wholeheartedly agree with your last sentence. If we don't hold ALL of our students up to the same standards that is when we lose them to doubt. If we believe there is a way to reach, challenge, inspire every kid we teach...well, education may have a chance.

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