Understanding Differentiated Instruction

I’ve noticed in the last few years that some teachers sometimes struggle with the concept of differentiated instruction. It is a skill I believe I’ve mastered early on and I credit this to my experience in the School District of Philadelphia. For several years I would receive students at the beginning of the year with very diverse academic abilities. When I taught 4th grade, I remember my lowest group would be made up of beginner readers and my highest group could range from 4th to 6th grade. I truly wanted all of my students to succeed. Additionally, I was haunted by the inevitable standardized tests that would be administered to every student in the early part of spring. It was my professional obligation to make sure that my students not only made adequate progress, but that they could maneuver these standardized tests and score at least a basic (for my lowest students). Read More … “Understanding Differentiated Instruction”