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ERIC Number: EJ788081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1741-4350
Accommodating Differences: Variations in Differentiated Literacy Instruction in Grade 2/3 Classrooms
Tobin, Ruthanne; McInnes, Alison
Literacy, v42 n1 p3-9 Apr 2008
Although teachers are acutely aware of variance in students' literacy needs, many are unsure exactly how to support these needs in the dynamic classroom. This study reports on compelling evidence from Grade 2/3 classrooms in which teachers differentiated instruction in a variety of ways to benefit all students. In particular, teachers provided additional scaffolding for struggling literacy learners by offering a menu of tiered work products, expert tutoring and additional supports. At the base of instruction were common essential understandings grounded in best literacy practices: shared reading and writing, guided reading, excellent texts and literacy centres. The article emphasises the critical importance of responding to the needs of diverse and at-risk learners in the regular classroom. Differentiated instruction is suggested as a powerful organising framework in the language arts classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A