Graduation Year

2015

Location

State Farm Hall, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

18-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

18-4-2015 10:00 AM

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As the learning needs of students continue to diversify today, differentiated instruction has become essential in successfully teaching students of different backgrounds. Differentiation involves the content students’ learn, the process in which students’ learn the content, the product students’ generate as evidence of their learning, and the learning environment in which students discover and learn (Tomlinson, 2000). This study focused on the process aspect of differentiated instruction, employing three different strategies involving movement to aid in students’ sight word acquisition and their learning engagement. I collected and content analyzed videos and photographs, sight word assessments, as well as field notes during the course of this study. The results indicate the incorporation of movement into the instruction and practice was the key to process differentiation. My findings highlight the beneficial impact these differentiation strategies have on students’ overall learning in terms of increased sight word acquisition as well as visible student engagement during instruction and practice.

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Process Differentiation: The Key to Student Learning and Engagement

State Farm Hall, Illinois Wesleyan University

As the learning needs of students continue to diversify today, differentiated instruction has become essential in successfully teaching students of different backgrounds. Differentiation involves the content students’ learn, the process in which students’ learn the content, the product students’ generate as evidence of their learning, and the learning environment in which students discover and learn (Tomlinson, 2000). This study focused on the process aspect of differentiated instruction, employing three different strategies involving movement to aid in students’ sight word acquisition and their learning engagement. I collected and content analyzed videos and photographs, sight word assessments, as well as field notes during the course of this study. The results indicate the incorporation of movement into the instruction and practice was the key to process differentiation. My findings highlight the beneficial impact these differentiation strategies have on students’ overall learning in terms of increased sight word acquisition as well as visible student engagement during instruction and practice.