Not all people learn or show their intelligence in the same way. I think that it is teachers’ jobs to find a way to instruct diverse learners in a way where they can understand and comprehend the material. When the needs of the learners are better met and the teaching style is changed this is called differentiation. Differentiation is required by law for those with disabilities, Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and for students who are English Language Learners. While it is the law that differentiation is done for these students, it could benefit so many more students. Students would greatly benefit from if multiple intelligence,personal learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses were considered when it comes to differentiation. I feel that it is very important to present information that is being learned in the best possible way for every student. I think that how the student learns the information is important when it comes tot he student remembering that information.
Away that differentiation could be used for all students is if each had something similar to the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) that is in place for students’ with disabilities. Just like the LRE for students with disabilities, every student could have a plan written out for when they are struggling with a certain subject or topic. An aid or teacher would then be able to present the information in a way that the student may comprehend better or provide hands on experiences. Now this is wishful thinking because for every student to have a written out plan would be very time consuming and schools most likely would not want to take that much time out of their days to create that plan.
Another way instruction can be differentiated for diverse learns would be to have the students take a quick simple version of the Multiple Intelligences quiz and see what ways each students learn best. The teacher could then write this in their folders or on note cards and group the children who learn in similar ways together. Then as the students go through stations the teacher can present the information in a way that is best for that group of students. It could also give the teacher multiple ways the student may learn that way he/she can present the information to the student in different effective ways until the student understands. It could also be helpful for the students to know which way they learn best for future reference or to manipulate the information they are learning a different way to help themselves better understand it.
I think since everyone can be classified as a diverse learn differentiation should take place for everyone. I think there are many creative ways to make that happen. There just needs to be a better understanding of why its needed to make it happen.
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