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What is Differentiation?. How to Make Every Lesson Accessible for Every Learner Elizabeth Smith, ELF. Learning Styles. Visual Learn through seeing Needs visuals, graphics, pictures, readings Auditory Learn through listening Craves discussions, debates, Tactile/Kinesthetic

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what is differentiation

What is Differentiation?

How to Make Every Lesson Accessible for Every Learner

Elizabeth Smith, ELF

learning styles
Learning Styles
  • Visual
    • Learn through seeing
    • Needs visuals, graphics, pictures, readings
  • Auditory
    • Learn through listening
    • Craves discussions, debates,
  • Tactile/Kinesthetic
    • Learn through movement and touch
    • Needs physical and active activities
how can we identify learning styles
How can we identify learning styles?
  • First, know your students! Ask them how they perceive themselves and what they prefer.
  • Surveys, questionnaires and quizzes

Signs of Visual Learners:

      • Drawings, avid note-takers, ask for words on board

Signs of Auditory Learners:

      • Ask for repeated instructions, like to converse, enjoy audio clips

Signs of Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners:

      • Drumming, swaying, like to stand up, prefer movement, performances
skill levels
Skill Levels

How do we differentiate in order to not only “teach to the middle”?

  • Lower levels (literacy, speaking skills, vocabulary)
    • Provide “amplified,” high-interest materials with explicitly taught vocabulary and model heavily
  • Intermediate
    • Pace appropriately where students are simultaneously comprehending as well as being challenged
  • Higher Levels
    • Adequately pushed and stimulated so as not to lose their engagement
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