What is Differentiation?
Differentiation is anticipating the differences that exist between and among children and planning instruction to meet those needs. Teachers differentiate based upon student readiness, interest, and learning styles. Some strategies used to differentiate instruction may include tiered activities/labs, flexible groups, independent studies, multiple texts, alternative assignments, literature circles, homework options, varied computer programs, stations, and more. Students benefit from differentiation as their readiness, interest, and learning styles are met with engaging tasks and a balance between working alike, and working differently. Differentiation is yet another method for teachers to use as they continue to strive in meeting the needs of each learner in a meaningful way.