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Why Differentiate Instruction?

This is more of a complex question than you may think. The answer to this question may seem simple, and in a way it is. The not so simple part is correct execution of differentiated instruction. It is widely debated on how to properly differentiate instruction.

One thing that is pretty well certain is why we differentiate instruction. Educators differentiate instruction because each student learns material differently. Also, we differentiate instruction due to differences in behavior of children and the occurrence of impairments.

When I mention that each child learns differently, I am referring explicitly to the multiple intelligences theory. 

Differences in behavior are something educators must always be aware of.

Impairments in children do occur and require specific instruction that is appropriate to the impairment.