Why is Differentiated Instruction Important?
Differentiated instruction excites the brilliant student to uncover deeper layers of learning, while simultaneously structuring curriculum to support lower level students. "Just as consumers know that a one-size-fits-all won’t work when buying a pair of jeans, educators know that one standard approach to teaching will not meet the needs of all- or even most- students" (Tucker, 2011, p.1). Without an attempt to vary instruction to meet the individual needs of every student, the curriculum is bound to be boring to some and while baffling others at the same time. Differentiating instruction is the key to reaching all students (Tucker, 2011).
"The reason I think differentiated instruction is important is that students do vary in so many ways, and our student populations are becoming more academically diverse. They always have been, but they’re becoming more so. And the chances are pretty good that this will continue throughout our lifetimes."
University of Virginia
Why Should Teachers Differentiate Instruction?
Five main reasons why teachers should differentiate (Mastrodomenico, 2010).
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