As a teacher Mr. Appleton focuses his time on preparing lectures and making sure the students are taking notes. After this is done students are given a quiz on the readings and a study sheet to help them with their exam. Mr. Appleton's classroom focuses heavily on the material and information. Mrs. Baker has a different teaching philosophy that focuses heavily on engagement and activities. For instance, the students can bring in food from Rome and dress up as people from the past. Also, her class focuses on how the information can relate to outside ideas like architecture, language, and laws. This is different from Mr. Appleton who has his student focus on just the information and not the overarching themes of the class. Finally, Ms. Cassell is a very organized teacher who has formed her lessons based on essential questions and organization of topics. As a teacher she focuses her students on goal setting and thinking like a historian.
Differentiated instruction is a way for teachers to educate many different types of learners. That is, using different teacher methods in order for the students to stay focus and engaged. For example, incorporating activities and higher order thinking skills are examples of differentiated instruction. Differentiation is not placing students into groups based on ability and thinking. This is because differentiation is meant to help every student by focusing on different aspects of learning so that all of the students can succeed.