What do you do when some of your students master material, but some don’t? Do you keep plowing through the textbook, frustrating those who didn’t understand the previous material? Or do you re-teach the previous material, frustrating those who already did well with it?
Both of these options have problems, says Brian. Instead, teachers should differentiate their instruction, allowing those students who are able to explore more deeply while ensuring that everyone masters required content. This means more work for the teacher, Brian acknowledges, but the reward–all students experiencing learning–makes differentiated instruction worth its cost. In this video, Brian talks about how he handles differentiation in his high school classroom.