Differentiated Instruction




It draws upon the work of Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple intelligencies .Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences utilizes aspects of cognitive and developmental psychology, anthropology, and sociology to explain the human intellect 

Howard Gardner's work around multiple intelligences has had a profound impact on thinking and practice in education - especially in the United States. Here we explore the theory of multiple intelligences; why it has found a ready audience amongst educationalists; and some of the issues around its conceptualization and realization.  It has been embraced by a range of educational theorists and, significantly, applied by teachers and policymakers to the problems of schooling.
A broad vision of education
All seven intelligences are needed to live life well. Teachers, therefore, need to attend to all intelligences, not just the first two that have been their tradition concern. As Kornhaber (2001: 276) has noted it involves educators opting 'for depth over breadth'. Understanding entails taking knowledge gained in one setting and using it in another. 'Students must have extended opportunities to work on a topic'
Developing local and flexible programmes. Howard Gardner's interest in 'deep understanding', performance, exploration and creativity are not easily accommodated within an orientation to the 'delivery' of a detailed curriculum planned outside of the immediate educational context. 'An "MI setting" can be undone if the curriculum is too rigid or if there is but a single form of assessment' (Gardner 1999: 147). In this respect the educational implications of Howard Gardner's work stands in a direct line from the work of John Dewey.Impact on Education

Differentiating Instruction for Kinesthetic learners in my
Pre-k classroom



Differentiated instruction is:
  • Proactive, meaning that the teacher plans and uses a variety of ways to teach learning.
  • A combination of whole group, small group, and individual instruction.
  • Qualitative, meaning quality work over quantity work.
  • Created through assessment.
  • Uses multiple approaches to accommodate multiple intelligences.
  • Student centered, meaning that lessons are engaging, relevant, interesting, and active.
  • Dynamic
  • Organized and planned

Additional Resources

 Hear me talking about differentiated Instruction....
   its relaton to UDL (Universal Design for learning )
and Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences

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Proactive differentiated instruction

Differentiated Instruction


UDL at a Glance

It stands for Universal Design for learning .

Universal Design for Learning
is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.CAST: About UDL


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