Today, prior to the beginning of a unit, children are assessed and data is gathered to identify the concepts they know and the ones they don’t know. If a child understands a concept or skill, the teacher does not have to go over this same concept with this child. The kid can be placed in another group, maybe a more advanced group, and move on to something a bit more difficult. This enables the teacher to know where she needs to focus her teaching. This allows her to provide for the needs of all her students, even if there are 30 of them. Differentiation allows a teacher to adjust her teaching style according to the learning styles of her students. In theory, as a teacher implements all of these methods, she is ensuring that all students in his classroom will achieve success.
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