"Differentiation doesn't mean everyone gets a different experience, it means that they experience it differently."
Differentiation can be one of the most frustrating and difficult aspects of teaching simply because of the time that many teachers assume that it takes. Often times, we see differentiation as a need to create three different learning experiences for three different groups of learners. I, instead, think that educators should design one experience and consider how that experience looks for both your scuba divers (your learners that get it and are prepared to go deep), your snorkelers (those that need extra tools and strategies, and everyone in between. The key is that everyone deserves to experience the ocean. In other words, I don't think one group of learners should experience something really cool while the others sit at a table with the teacher and complete a worksheet. So, how do we do this? What might this look like? I think it begins with the mindset that educators have as they design experiences. Designing for depth requires a different perspective and a willingness to think about every learner on the front end.
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