Online Teachers Course

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Online Teachers Course

Outline of the topic

Differentiated instruction, provides different pathways to learning that meet students where they are at. In other words, it is a framework that allows teachers to move closer to personalized instruction based on individual student needs. It does not mean that you must create personalized content for every student. Instead, the idea is to respond to student needs by providing multiple pathways towards a common curriculum.

Differentiation can be used to address all types of diversities that may exist within the classroom.  In our case, it is approached for the perspective of children with migrant or refugee background. While there is no single story of a migrant or refugee student, they might face certain challenges such as:

  • A different classroom culture from their home country
  • Lack of language competencies in the language of the classroom
  • Age differences due to missed school years
  • Problems with social integration
  • Psychological issues related to past traumas 
  • Negative perception and discrimination by school staff and peers

Differentiated instruction is all about meeting the needs of every student – but, what are those needs? 

We might unconsciously expect different things from different students based on factors such as race, culture, gender, age, or immigration status, leading them to treat students differently. This can lead to inaccurate differentiation that is helpful to no-one. Therefore it is important for teachers to reflect on their unconscious biases and to make continual assessments of their differentiation strategies. Talking to students, asking them what they need, and providing flexible options also ensures that student needs are being accurately assessed and met.