Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom

Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom by Diane Heacox is an excellent guide for all teachers. DI is a method of teaching all teachers should try to adapt in the classroom since every student learns differently. This book gives you templates and step by step instructions how to implement some of the practices into the room. DI at first seems unorganized and frustrating because many students are doing various activities based on their learning style and academic ability but once you are comfortable with it then it gets easier. This technique allows all children to succeed because the teacher is modifying activities based on the students learning ability. The teacher can give the lower students basic activities that he/she knows the students can succeed yet it all be a challenge; however for the advanced children the teacher can give activities based on the same topic just more complex. Using DI is so essential because it allows all students to be challenged and motivated to learn more. Whether the students are in centers, small groups or individuals taking the various learning styles from Gardner and adding them into the activities will make your classroom a positive and exciting learning environment. Implementing DI into your classroom is a lot of work, especially, in the beginning but the teacher can save their work for the following years. All you would have to do is make small changes each year to adapt to the students. I suggest everyone read this book. The resources and advice they give you is amazing.

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Comment by Denise Stewart on April 22, 2010 at 10:45am
I pass out the following article every year to new teachers at my site. Many are new to working with ELLs and this article offers "quick fixes."



Comment by Carolyn Bucci on April 23, 2010 at 6:44pm
As a first year teacher I find DI a challenge. As the year has progressed and I have come to learn my students' ability level, I have found it a little easier. I definitely understand the importance of DI. Coming from an old school Catholic Education, we all learned the same thing at the same pace regardless of our abilities. I plan on reading this book as a resource to further my professional development.
Comment by Patricia McGonagle on April 23, 2010 at 8:56pm
I created a wikispace (http://differentiate-with-technology.wikispaces.com/) that has numerous resources for incorporating technology into a differentiated classroom. If you're interested, go take a look and even add some of your own thoughts, insights, resources, etc!
Comment by Eryn Budd on April 26, 2010 at 6:54am
Thank you so much for website and article! They are great! I have saved the website to my favorites.


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