Differentiated Instruction.

Journey To Mastery Teaching

Differentiated and individualized instruction (DII) can be defined as a teacher tailoring instruction to meet individual students motivational needs (Karlin & Shillingford, 2013). The teacher only serves as a coach guiding students on the correct path or desired destination, in lieu of direct instruction of specific content. The teacher’s main focus is to “ensure learning, not just teaching” (Wiggins & McTighe, 2012, pg. 4). Some teachers find this to be very difficult as they are not comfortable with DII because they must learn their new role in the classroom. They are not needed in the same way they would be needed in a traditional classroom setting and this level of freedom is overwhelming. With DII, teachers must be willing to relinquish some control and allow a plethora of activities, small groups, and learning experiences to happen in their room at one given time as a way to help students construct…

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