Teach Less, Learn More
Differentiation is a way of teaching; it is not a preset program with regimented activities. This approach mandates the teachers to know their students well so they can provide each one with experiences and tasks that will improve learning. The approach facilitates multiple options to students for receiving information.
In a differentiated learning scenario, the teachers plan the instruction by observing and understanding differences and similarities among students. Teachers continually assess to identify students’ strengths and areas of need so they can meet students where they are and help them move forward.
The approach recognizes that students we teach have diverse levels of expertise and experience with reading, writing, thinking, problem solving, and speaking. Students collaborate in small groups and engage in meaningful discussions. The focus in classrooms is on issues and concepts rather than “the book” or the chapter.
Enhancing Student Achievement
Our student assessment model presents students with an authentic task, project, or investigation, and then observing, interviewing, and examining their presentations and artifacts to assess what they actually know and can do.
This assessment involves students in generating their own performance criteria and playing a key role in the overall design, evaluation, and reporting of their assessment. The assessment has a seamless connection to curriculum and instruction so that it is ongoing and builds one coherent picture of student knowledge from which to guide teaching and learning.