A large component of Differentiated Instruction is learning styles (multiple intelligences).
Are you thinking, "That's nice! What am I supposed to do with that?"
I hope you are! Students learn best when their strengths are tapped! If you asked me to create an academic game with the core principles of basketball I would absolutely fail. However, if you asked me to write a story or a song, I would succeed.
Do you know your learning preference? Check out this quiz.
These results do not mean that you have to abandon your teaching methods. However, you may consider adding some activities and choices for students. Rather than ask everyone to write a report, you could allow students to write a report, a song, create a poster, create a graphic organizer, create a movie or act out a scene.
"Wait! I cannot grade those in a stack while riding in a car!!"
Have a presentation day. Public speaking is a skill that needs developed!
You, the teacher, can have a rubric ready for assessing each student or group.
Even better, allow for peer review!
"Still.... Why should I even consider differentiation learning?"
Think about it this way. Did someone TELL you what your career was going to be? Were you allowed to explore options and develop your strengths? Most likely the answer is, "I chose my own career."
So, why do we always tell students that they must show their understanding of a concept through a cookie cutter assignment or exam? Something to consider!
Multiple Intelligences and Technology:
Graphic Organizer with Apps According to Intelligence