Capstone/Dissertation Title

Differentiated instruction in the middle school science classroom

Term

2009

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Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can differentiated instruction be used in the middle school science classroom? The motivating factor for this capstone was the struggle to teach each student in the way that made that student the most successful in the classroom. Science teachers face time-consuming class periods in which many hours are spent setting up and cleaning up. It is difficult to justify varying from the day's plan to change things up for one student. However, based on the research and writings of Tomlinson and others, this capstone documents the benefits of doing just that. This capstone details the reasons differentiated instruction is beneficial to students in any subject matter and demonstrates ways that it can be implemented in a middle school life science classroom. Five lesson plans are presented to represent different opportunities to provide differentiated instruction in a middle school science classroom.

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