While technology ushers in opportunity, best practice integration remains challenging. Learn to implement digital pedagogies by promoting collaboration, bolstering purposeful inquiry, and anchoring student learning for optimized outcomes.
Chapter 4: Accelerating Individual Growth through Vertical and Horizontal Differentiation
Accelerating Individual Growth through Vertical and Horizontal Differentiation
As mentioned in a previous chapter, differentiated instruction is an instructional strategy that maximizes learning for all students—regardless of skill level, interests, or background. In a typical classroom, students vary in their academic readiness, learning styles, modality strengths, interests, and prior knowledge levels. When a teacher differentiates instruction, he or she uses the optimum teaching practices and strategies to create different pathways for diverse learners to achieve the same academic standards.
Let's clarify horizontal versus vertical differentiation. Horizontal differentiation represents adjustments to the learning episode (i.e., content, process, product) based on student interests (e.g., sports, music, hobbies) and/or dominant learning modalities (e.g., visual learners, learners with a strong musical intelligence, ...