What is differentiated instruction? I think this is instruction that is tailored to meet the individual learning styles, passions and needs of my students. This could be done by changing the mode of instruction to meet the visual, auditory or kinetic learners. This can also mean alternative assessment and assignments which may or may not include flexible grouping, partners, and individual work. This should be offered to all students not just the struggling or advance students but to all students.
But my question is can we as educators modify tests such as eliminating one of the four answer choices but the student has no I.E.P. goals for that subject or accommodations or modifications listed? So that student then receives a higher grade then the best student in the class. Is that differentiating instruction or an unfair advantage? I thought that differentiating instruction is suppose to level the playing field not boost them so high that an untrue picture of that student's abilities are being portrayed.
Then I question how do we make sure the child's parents and other schools that they may move on to have an accurate picture of that student. If a child receives those types of modification and accommodations that are listed on their I.E.P. then I feel that their parents and any other school would have a true picture of their abilities. I am talking about a student that does not have an I.E.P. I am obviously really struggling with this concept of differentiating instruction. I do not want to not meet the needs of any of my students. I think in my classroom I do a pretty good job at meeting the many needs of my students but still reflecting every students ability. I wonder if any of my followers have any ideas, advice, or have faced the same dilemma in their classrooms. How do you differentiate? What is or is not differentiated instruction to you? I would love to hear your thoughts.