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Differentiated instruction

What does differentiated instruction mean, and then more specifically to a early childhood teacher? Please give some examples of differentiated instruction that could take place in an early childhood classroom.

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Differentiated instruction refers to the practice of adjusting the instruction to accommodate the various levels of the learners in a classroom setting. There are many ways an instructor can differentiate the instruction. First, the rate of instruction can be slowed down, or speeded up, to accommodate learners who need additional time, or who may have "gotten it" more quickly than anticipated.

Second, instruction can be varied by modality, or preferred learning style. This is recommended on a daily basis to be sure that instruction is routinely delivered in a variety of modalities, so that every child has the chance to receive instruction in his/her preferred learning style. The modalities are aural, or auditory (listening), visual (seeing), and tactile, or kinesthetic (hands-on). This is sometimes expressed as TELL me, SHOW me and then let me DO IT. In using kinesthetic (the style that usually gets short ...

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Definition of differentiated instruction, ways instruction can be differentiated, and suggestions for early years classroom differentiation.