Differentiation is a way of teaching; it’s not a program or package of worksheets. It asks teachers to continually strive to know and to respond to each students’ needs and provide each one with experiences and tasks that will improve learning.
At Highlands, one of our primary goals is to maximize the capacity of our students. Through the development of a growth mindset, we seek to develop within our students the ability to “embrace challenge, persist longer, and view effort as critical to success.” Our mission guides what we do, and one of our beliefs is that “every student is a valued individual with unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs.” While customizing the learning for our students, we are purposeful in differentiating instruction for our learners. We seek to accommodate the different ways students learn and to be purposeful in planning for and attending to students’ different phases of learning in the classroom. In our classrooms, you will see students learning as an entire class, working in small groups and individually on projects which not only capture their interests but also inspire them along their learning journey.