Differentiated learning builds on students’ interests, motivation, and engagement to shape course content, teaching methods, and assessment for a deep and personal learning experience. It assumes that “one size does NOT fit all” in our classrooms.
Strategies to promote differentiated instruction in the classroom include:
- Offering choice-based assessment options (Assessment Empowerment: An Active Choice-Based Assessment Strategy)
- Promoting independent student study on topics of interest related to broader course topics and outcomes, aka as ‘Genius Hour’ projects (Seven Reasons to Pilot Genius Hour Projects)
- Developing application and analytical skills with project-based learning (Individualized Project-Based Learning: From Theory to Practice)
- Supporting student questioning and process thinking through inquiry-based learning (Inquiry-Based Learning: Using Presentation Homework to Enhance Engagement)
- Using cooperative learning strategies to enhance collaboration and communication skills (Cooperative Learning: Collaborative Group Techniques for Increasing Representation, Expression, and Engagement)
These resources were provided by the UMW Center for Teaching, located in the HCC. The Center for Teaching invites any faculty interested in further discussion of these and other pedagogical methods to contact them.