Capstone Abstract

Differentiation is the process by which a classroom teacher plans lessons that meet the varying ability levels, interests, and learning styles of every student in order to help each reach their academic potential. Without being provided with opportunities to become educated or trained, differentiation can be a challenging and overwhelming task for an elementary classroom teacher due to the wide range of student diversity that needs to be addressed. The purpose of this project is to create a differentiation workshop for elementary teachers in Kindergarten through third grade. It will focus on research-based strategies and resources that will help teachers to enhance their differentiated instructional practices within the classroom. An informal needs assessment is administered to elementary teachers in order to collect qualitative data that will help to drive the creation of the workshop. The project will aim to support teachers in the implementation process, including ways to manage the time that differentiation requires and minimize that stress that differentiation can sometimes cause.

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