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Tailoring Learning: Differentiation & Specially Designed Instruction



Every student learns differently. Some grasp concepts quickly, while others benefit from a more hands-on approach. This is where differentiation and specially designed instruction come in. These strategies allow you to tailor your teaching to meet the unique needs of all your learners, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to succeed.


Unlocking Learning Styles


The first step is understanding how your students learn best. Here are some common learning styles:


  • Visual Learners: These students learn best through images, diagrams, and graphic organizers.

  • Auditory Learners: They benefit from lectures, discussions, and audiobooks (Think assistive technology!).

  • Kinesthetic Learners: Hands-on activities and movement are essential for their learning.

  • Logical Learners: They thrive on problem-solving, analyzing data, and using logic.

 

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The Art of Accommodations and Flexibility!


Once you understand your students' learning styles, you can adjust your instruction:


  • Content: Offer tiered assignments with varying levels of complexity or provide alternative texts with different reading levels.

  • Process: Give students choices in how they demonstrate their learning. Some may prefer writing essays, while others might excel at creating presentations or building models.

  • Product: Offer students a variety of ways to showcase their understanding, such as drawings, mind maps, or digital presentations.

Small Group Powers: DI & SDI


For students who need targeted support, small group instruction can be a game-changer. Here's how to make it effective:


  • Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) Focuses on Specific Skills:  Students that have an IEP have SDI to address specific skill deficits.

  • Differentiated Instruction (DI): This can be for all students! Within the small group, continue to differentiate based on learning styles and individual progress.

  • Collaborative Learning: Encourage collaboration and peer support within the small group setting.


Differentiation and specially designed instruction aren't one-size-fits-all solutions. The key is to be flexible, creative, and responsive to your students' diverse needs. By tailoring your teaching, you can create a classroom where every student feels challenged, supported, and empowered to reach their full potential.


Inclusiveology and Florida's Unique Education Learning Support (F.U.E.L.S.) are bringing inclusive workshops to the Tampa area.


By embracing neurodiversity and fostering a truly inclusive environment, we can unlock the potential of every learner. Join us for our FREE neurodiversity training event on July 8-12th in Pinellas Park, FL. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn, connect, and empower your students!


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