Differentiated Instruction

Individualized Instruction

Differentiation 
 
Individualized instruction means meeting the needs of individual learners as they move along their learning journey. This does not mean a 'one-to-one' teacher/student ratio, but rather a way of viewing each student as a unique human being with distinct and specific learning needs. Research indicates that people differ as learners, and in order to address the varied needs of each individual learner at Corvian, teachers use the method of differentiation as a means of teaching essential content. Differentiation is a student-centered instructional approach where teachers study and assess their students' learning needs and adapt instruction accordingly.Individualized instruction means meeting the needs of individual learners as they move along their learning journey. This does not mean a 'one-to-one' teacher/student ratio, but rather a way of viewing each student as a unique human being with distinct and specific learning needs. Research indicates that people differ as learners, and in order to address the varied needs of each individual learner at Corvian, teachers use the method of differentiation as a means of teaching essential content. Differentiation is a student-centered instructional approach where teachers study and assess their students' learning needs and adapt instruction accordingly.

Through differentiation, teachers are able to attend to individual students' differences in readiness, interest, and their overall learning profile, which results in the ability to connect more effectively with each student. Teachers achieve this by implementing a wide variety of instructional techniques to enhance the overall learning environment. Key principles of differentiation in the classroom are rooted in the teacher’s responsibility to: create a classroom community, utilize high-quality curriculum, offer relevant and meaningful tasks for all students, and use on-going assessments to formulate instruction plans. Through these differentiation methods, students are allowed and encouraged to take greater responsibility for ownership of their learning, and as multiple pathways to learning are established, the possibility that all students will experience success and reach their full potential as learners is maximized.
 
Gifted Learners 
Through the Basic School philosophy, we strive to teach the whole child, both academically and socially. At Corvian Community School, all students in second grade will be administered the CogAt7 standardized test to determine eligibility for the gifted program. Once identified, all students in grades second through fifth will receive differentiated instruction. This instruction, designed for the gifted learning, will be both challenging and purposeful and supplement and enrich their daily learning. In identifying and teaching to the gifted learner, we will continue to honor our philosophy of reaching every child. 
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