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DIFFERENTIATE YOUR TEACHING FOR ESL STUDENTS: SENSORY INSTRUCTION FOR MOTIVATION

Each student is unique. How can we better support each student’s individual needs? Including for our ELLs? To do so, differentiated instruction is a critical approach to understand.In general, differentiated instruction can take place along four avenues:Content: Figuring out what a student needs to learn, and which resources will help him do so.Process: Activities that help students make sense of what they learn.Projects: A way for students to “show what they know” Learning environment: How the classroom “feels” and how the class works together. The session first introduces differentiated instruction and then focuses on the idea of “process” and how these processes shape learning and remembering. After this foundation, the session illustrates multiple traditional and non-traditional sensory paths to work with students to gather and link information to understand concepts and solve problems.