Benefits:

1. It meets the needs of diverse learners. (Hence it has a student-centered approach.)
2. It accommodates the students with learning disabilities.
3. It stimulates creativity by helping learners to understand the ideas rather than rote memorization.
4. It can raise the bar for all learners.
5. It can motivate the unmotivated learners.

Some testimonials:

1.Ms. Rainey, a 10 year veteran, who is NCATE Board Certified, teaches English to 9th through 12th grade and is also instructional coach in Lawndale High School talks about positive results of differentiating her instructions.





2. Katie McKnight, an associate professor in National College of Education, National Louis University describes how teachers can differentiate instruction to implement Common Core standards.



3. Different core content teachers at Whatcom Day Academy talk about differentiating instruction.



Challenges:

1. Effective differentiation is complex to use and thus difficult to promote in schools.
2. Many teachers hesitate to differentiate their instruction because they think they lack time, administrative support and professional development resources.

In the video shown below, Donald Morrison, a Sr. Education Researcher at University of Memphis discusses some challenges that educators face when they decide to differentiate their instructions.





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