This post is part of a mini-series introduction to Individual Differences in Instruction and Storytelling. I lay the groundwork for deeper adventures in Differentiated Instruction, Learning Styles, Personalized Stories, and the like.

Check out the rest of the series.

 

As I am hard at work adapting my master’s thesis for the series Basics of Educational Stories, I thought it would be a good idea to lay some groundwork in the area of education. One of the most exciting concepts in education today is differentiated instruction (DI). It may sound technical and scholarly, but it’s really very simple. Every person learns differently, processes information in a unique way, and has diverse strengths. DI is just a set of methods that run with this common sense idea. Instead of pounding knowledge into the student’s brain, DI teachers create an atmosphere where students of all ages encounter the material in a unique way.

This is imperative when discussing transformational stories because each audience member has a unique way of perceiving the world and specific  lenses everything is interpreted through. We will look at all this much closer in future posts, but for now, here is a great introduction from glencoe.com:

Differentiating Instruction: Meeting Students Where They Are

No two students enter a classroom with identical abilities, experiences, and needs. Learning style, language proficiency, background knowledge, readiness to learn, and other factors can vary widely within a single class group.

Regardless of their individual differences, however, students are expected to master the same concepts, principles, and skills. Helping all students succeed in their learning is an enormous challenge that requires innovative thinking.

What is differentiated instruction?

Differentiated instruction is an instructional theory that allows teachers to face this challenge by taking diverse student factors into account when planning and delivering instruction. Based on this theory, teachers can structure learning environments that address the variety of learning styles, interests, and abilities found within a classroom.

Read the rest at

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/subject/di_meeting.phtml

The next post in the series is Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles

Other Resources

A great intro video:
http://www.readingrockets.org/reading-topics/differentiated-instruction

Some articles:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/what-differentiated-instruction
http://www.readingrockets.org/article/263
http://www.teach-nology.com/tutorials/teaching/differentiate/

And the foremost expert on differentiated instruction:
http://www.caroltomlinson.com/

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