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Common Misconceptions
DIFFERENTIATION IS NOT:
  • providing less work for the struggling students and more work for the advance students, but instead matching educational tasks with the learner. For example, it doesn't help anyone if the struggling learner does 10 math problems and the advanced learner does 30. More than likely, the struggling student still doesn't understand and the high flyer didn't even need to do 2 of the problems due to already mastering the material. The assignments aren't meeting the needs of anyone.
  • ability grouping.
  • a program. Differentiated instruction is a philosophy. It often requires a paradigm shift among teachers. It's a professional journey which is accomplished over time, not over night.





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