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Differentiated Instruction

Build lessons, develop teaching materials, and vary your approach so that all students, regardless of where they are starting from, can learn content effectively, according to their needs.

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    This effective method allows students to be flexible, develop critical thinking, and use math creatively outside of direct instruction.
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    Teachers can support students’ success by providing ample time for them to process and gain independence in completing complex tasks.
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  • Supporting Multilingual Students in the Early Grades

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    Every teacher already has the tools to differentiate in powerful ways for all learners.
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    Techniques for meeting the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.
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