Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Using Literature Circles to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners in the English Classroom

I've been playing at Storify! My story on Using Literature Circles to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners in the English Classroom is below.

This story is adding to some of my other research on Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom.

 Using Literature Circles to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners in the English Classroom




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Natasha


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Monday, 9 May 2016

What is Differentiated Instruction?

Differentiation is a teaching and learning process that is essential in today's diverse 21st century classroom.

Differentiation is a teaching and learning tool that is essential in today's diverse 21st century classroom.


According to the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES), Differentiated Instruction

 ...involves forward planning, programming and instruction. 
It involves the use of teaching, learning and assessment strategies that are fair and flexible, provide an appropriate level of challenge, and engage 
students in learning in meaningful ways. Board of Studies NSW

Carol Ann Tomlinson, Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, is the pioneer of differentiated instruction and has written extensively about this process.

The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition

Essentially, differentiation is all about finding the “differences” and helping students optimise their learning by working with the differences in the teaching and learning of academic content. Teachers can differentiate by attempting to either reteach or enrich content by providing extra lessons and activities as they work through a unit.


The differentiation process begins with some kind of formative pre-assessment. This will allow the teacher to check whether students have a complete understanding of the content or if they might need an enrichment and/or accelerated activity. Teachers can use this formative 'assessment' to find the gaps in a student's learning and plan for extra support, extra time for processing information or extra worksheets to practise a skill.


The following infographic found at Teach Thought clearly explains what differentiated instruction involves and identifies what things we might think are differentiation but are not. The information here comes from Carol Ann Tomlinson’s The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners, 2nd Edition.