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Artifact #3

Review of Supporting Article:


Differentiated Instruction for ELLs
Veronica Sandoval
National University

In partial fulfillment for the requirements for


TED 690 Capstone
Professor Barbara Ray
October 14, 2015

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Abstract
Tomlinson and Imbeau (2010) describe differentiation as creating a balance between academic
content and students individual needs. It suggest that in order to achieve this, four elements need
to be modified this are: content, process, product and affect. It is important that teachers create
learning opportunities that allow every student to have access to the academic content in many
ways.

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When it comes to differentiated instruction the goal is to maximize the learning and
success for all students within the classroom. We understand now that there is no one size fits all
method when it comes to learning. We all learn in different ways and have different strengths
and weaknesses. As educators we need to be able to identify these and then adapt our curriculum
accordingly in order to create a balanced blend of learning styles. This article states that teachers
recognize that all of these factors affect how students learn in a classroom, and they adjust their
instruction to meet students needs.
Tomlinson and Imbeau (2010) describe differentiation as creating a balance between
academic content and students individual needs. It suggest that in order to achieve this, four
elements need to be modified these are: content, process, product and affect.
Once this are modified or adjusted the teacher creates learning opportunities that make
allowances for differences in how students learn in order to ensure equal access to the content.
Content may be modified for students who need extra practice before moving on. However we
must understand that differentiated instruction is not the same as individualized instruction. Since
every student is learning the same thing but, in different ways. Differentiating instruction is a
matter of resenting the same lesson or task in different ways and at different levels so students
can approach it in their own way or capabilities. It also states that differentiating instruction is an
approach to teaching not a collection of strategies or activities.
In regard to differentiating instruction for English language learners there has been a lot of
discussion of what establishes appropriate content, instruction and assessments for this students.
ELLs should have the same opportunities to learn in equality to native English speakers. So with

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this in mind differentiated instruction is designed to support individual students learning in the
classroom with varied backgrounds and needs. Teachers can be successful in differentiating
instruction when they get to know as much as possible their students. Have high expectations for
all their students as we know creative teachers help students understand key material to show
what they know in a way that match their language proficiency level. Have a variety of researchbased instructional strategies at hand, we all know that one size does not fit all instruction is not
successful as there is an array of learning profiles in a classroom. Use ongoing assessment to
guide instruction, using multiple types of assessment. Differentiating homework, as many
students struggle with homework they cannot complete. It is also important that teachers and
other professional collaborate. One strategy that has proven to be successful is using flexible
grouping, using small grouping teacher can assure that all students can have access to important
content making the content accessible for all students.

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Reference
Ford Karen (2015) Differentiating Instruction for ELLs, the American Federation of Teachers
and National Education Association. WETA Public Broadcasting. Retrieved on October
20, 2015 from http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/differentiated-instruction-englishlanguage-learners