Is DI an option or a necessity?
Is it a new "flavour of the month"? a bolt-on strategy?
Is it part of best/exemplary practice?
Is it something that teachers are already doing, (even if they are not using the DI label)?
Differentiated Instruction is about how we meet the needs of our students. But what do we mean by "needs"? Here's a list of areas where our students show diversity, where they have a range of needs.* Take a look and see what you have noticed in your classes.
- Cognitive abilities
- Confidence in learning
- Cultural/ethnic influences
- Gender influences
- How students value learning
- Interest in the subject you teach
- Learning pace
- Learning styles (visual, spatial, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, etc.)
- Socioeconomic and family characteristics
Which of these areas has become/is becoming an issue for you in your instruction? Which do you feel you address well? What resources are you using to help you meet these needs? What expectations do you encounter?