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How Differentiating Instruction Helps Students Connect to Learning

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I’ve spent 16 years serving on and chairing the board of the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) and 25 years leading companies that serve schools and students of all kinds. Making the Connection to Learning Through Differentiation Connecting this way requires teachers to differentiate instruction—recognizing their students’ individuality and then planning learning experiences with the range of student needs, interests, styles, and preferences in mind.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

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Differentiated instruction. In these settings, teachers can more easily differentiate instruction for groups of students based on their respective needs. Elementary schools, on the other hand, operate on a whole-class basis instead of course-by-course and aren’t yet dealing with dropouts or students in need of credit recovery. The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools.

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Does Presence Equal Progress? Tracking Engagement in Online Schools

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The practice of funding public schools and assessing student engagement based on a student’s physical attendance is rooted in this definition and has only reinforced what is an outmoded idea. We’ve seen stories about a dropout factory, or a district school where only a small percentage of students are proficient in math or reading (and not getting any better with time or interventions or waivers). Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is 80 percent of life.”

'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

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In the traditional model, you still want to differentiate and meet students’ needs, but sometimes it can be challenging when you need to move a student a little bit faster.” Brown says technology has made differentiating instruction based on students’ needs easier, noting how the curriculum is personalized through programs such as Odysseyware, a learning management system that allows students to move through lessons at their own pace (based on assessed content mastery).