Differentiation has been an element of teaching for decades but it is not always conducted and approached in the right way. The process of targeting every learner's needs in your classroom can lead to some teachers boxing children into ability groups. This usually assists high ability learners but hinders the lower children.
As professionals, we do not place 'satisfactory' teachers with other 'satisfactory' teachers, we send them to observe and learn from the 'outstanding' practitioners. A flea can jump 100 times it's body height, but if left in a jar with the lid on a for a small period of time, that flea will never jump higher than the jar height ever again!
This is the same with children, box them into a group and they may never strive to achieve more than what they are presented with in that group. by opening up the classroom and creating a diverse learning environment, you are giving each child the chance to strive and achieve anything! You open that jar lid! Below are some practical ideas of how you can create a diverse learning environment. reMEMBER, CHOICE IS THE KEY!
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