Differentiated Instruction

Since I teach in a school that does not use letter grades and instead focuses on assessing each student based on the standards, differentiated instruction is definitely the norm. While we do use the standards to guided our instruction and plan our curriculum, we see each child as an individual learner with individual goals. After completing the benchmark test at the beginning of the school year, we establish three learning goals each in the areas of math and reading. These goals are then used to determine small group instruction.
For example, in my language arts class, I use the writing and reading workshop approach. I teach a mini-lesson to the whole class, then work with small groups and individuals on their individual learning goals. I have found this dual approach of instruction to work well for my students. We are still working on meeting the grade-level standards, but I can also work with students that are above and below grade level as well as reinforcing skills for students at grade-level.
What about you? What does differentiated instruction look like in your classroom?
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