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Differentiation, early years students

Why should we as teachers differentiate insturction? Please share some ideas to differentiate and assess student learning at the pre-k and kindergarten level. What is the role of the teacher? What is a response to critics that say differentiation lowers standards and student expectations.

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Differentiation is a new word that expresses what good teachers have already been doing from time immemorial. Differentiation is the new, "hip" buzzword meaning to tailor the instruction to meet the needs of the students under your care. This is absolutely nothing new. Some students learn better hearing about a topic. These are auditory learners, who learn best by listening. Then there are those who want to see it done - these are visual learners. And then there are those who understand best when they try it for themselves, and get theri hands on it - these are kinesthetic learners. This is known as multiple modalities, presenting isntruction in the way your learner recieves it best, and that varies learner to learner, so the instruction should include all of those modalities to address everyone's particular learning style. Tell them, show them and let them do it. That gets all three styles neatly. This is nothing new.

Then, there are the social aspects of learning. Some students do better on their own - these are independent learners, and they prefer figuring things out on their own and being in control of their own learning. Then, there are those who prefer learning in the company of their peers. These are social learners. Some do this best with a partner or in a small group, and others are sort of "the more, the merrier" and like the whole class to be involved. This social aspect of ...

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Discussion of differentiation in instruction, especially for early-years students, with examples of differentiation techniques in the classroom and stragegies to accomplish differentiation as a practice of good teaching.

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