At its most basic level, differentiation consists of the teachers’ effort to respond to different needs and wants in the classroom. Learning can be differentiated/modified in four classroom elements based on your abilities, interests, or learning profile:
- Content – what you need to learn or how you will get access to the information;
- Process – activities which you engage in order to make sense of or master the content;
- Products – projects that ask you to rehearse, apply and extend what you have learnt in a unit; and
- Learning Environment – the way the classroom works and feels.
Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences
According to this theory, “we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves. Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences – the so-called profile of intelligences -and in the ways in which such intelligences are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains.”
What is layered curriculum?
In a layered curriculum, tasks progress from simple to complicated levels. In this approach, there will be an extensive menu of various activities presented at each level for you to choose from, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore the most effective study strategy for you. Therefore, you are encouraged to participate actively in language learning process by fulfilling at least one activity of your choice in each layer.