Every teacher knows that no two students are alike. They understand that each student enters the classroom a unique leaner with their own levels of knowledge, skills, learning interests, learning preferences, support systems and abilities. For the teacher to maximize the learning potential of every student, they must understand the concept of differentiated instruction and possess a variety of instructional strategies to match each student’s needs.

In this class, participants will learn how a 5 Step process to match their instructional strategies to the needs of each student in their classroom. This process includes assessment of student needs, identification of most appropriate strategy to meet those needs, implementation of that strategy, evaluation of the effectiveness of the strategy and finally refinement of that strategy if needed.

In the first phase of this course, participants will learn how to assess their students learning needs related to a variety of factors. This will include, but not be limited to, knowledge and skill levels, academic abilities, interests, and learning preferences. This will be done through observation, communication and examination of student work.

In the second step, they will be taught a variety of differentiated instructional strategies and how to determine which ones best meet the individual needs of their students. They will look at differentiation related to the material they are presenting, the method in which they present it and what products they are asking their student to produce to demonstration their knowledge and understanding of that material.

The third step is for the participant to implement these strategies with their students. They will incorporate these strategies into their classrooms and lessons related to the specific needs of individual students.

In the next step, we will the participants to evaluate the effectiveness of each strategy. This evaluation will be based upon specific criteria that the participant has identified related to the student and the strategy.

The final step is to determine if this action should be continued as is, refined in some way or discarded. This determination will be based upon the impact the strategy had on the student’s performance.

This 5 Step process of differentiation adds depth and complexity to each lesson and will challenge the learning potential of each student.