Differentiated Instruction is not a new concept. Taking into account student differences in the way they learn is something that teachers try to do all the time. However personally I often feel there is little time to effectively plan to do this and as a result feel guilty that I am unable to do it as well as I would like. Often when we feel we don’t have time to differentiate effectively we teach using traditional modes of teaching which tend to suit the majority of the class but not all. Despite this my feeling would be that teachers agree that differentiation is an effective way to try and improve all students learning. Differentiation was also raised in our literacy diagnostic as something that could be improved within our school. Here are a couple of resources around Differentiated Instruction.
Differentiated Instruction – What is it?, Why do it?, Key features?, Five questions to ask in the classroom, Differentiated Instruction framework model.