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ERIC Number: EJ898403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0022-8958
Three Ring Circus of Differentiated Instruction
Scigliano, Deborah; Hipsky, Shellie
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v46 n2 p82-86 Win 2010
The teacher as the classroom's ringleader, trying to fulfill the needs of all of her/his learners, at times, can seem like a three-ring circus. Just as enjoyment comes from the frenetic activity of the circus, benefits can stem from differentiating instruction for one's learners. These benefits include a sense of self-efficacy, increased content understanding, learner empowerment, increased academic achievement, and inclusion of each child in the learning process. If teachers focus on one ring at a time, though, their enjoyment and appreciation of their circus experience is enhanced. Similarly, one can develop effective differentiated instruction experiences by focusing on one ring at a time. Start with what one is comfortable doing, and then add on from there. After all, the teacher is the ringmaster, and she/he sets the stage for her/his learners. This article describes the three rings of differentiated instruction: (1) learning profile; (2) ability; and (3) interests, and offers discussion on each ring. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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