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28 March 2024

What Is Differentiated Instruction?

The Urban Literacy Project provides a unique opportunity for individuals to actively engage in improving literacy rates within urban communities. By getting involved with this impactful initiative, you can make a significant difference in the lives of countless children and adults who face literacy challenges.

  1. Flexibility Teachers adapt their teaching methods, materials, and assessments to meet the needs of individual students or groups of students.
  2. Student-Centered Approach The focus is on the learner rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
  3. Multiple Modalities This incorporates a variety of instructional strategies and resources, such as visual aids, hands-on activities, technology, and cooperative learning, to engage students with diverse learning preferences.
  4. Assessment for Learning Constant assessment is used to gather information about students’ strengths, weaknesses, and progress. This information guides and helps teachers provide targeted support to students as needed.
  5. Tiered Assignments Assignments and tasks may be tiered to provide varying levels of complexity or support, allowing all students to access the content at an appropriate level.
  6. Flexible Grouping Students may work independently, in small groups, or with partners based on their needs and interests. Grouping strategies may change frequently to address different instructional objectives.
  7. High Expectations for All Differentiated instruction does not mean lowering expectations for any student. Instead, it aims to provide the necessary support and challenges to help each student reach their full potential.