Differentiation is such a buzz word and for many teachers brings up feelings of overwhelm, as we imagine trying to cater to the specific needs of every child in a classroom (or across several periods!).
In a RITCH classroom, high differentiation really just means tapping into the uniqueness of each student and using what you learn about him or her to inform your teaching & behavior management.
When we allow students to choose a format for a project that leverages their own unique skills & abilities, the project is more engaging and allows them to focus on content rather than struggle with the process.
When we allow students to choose an individualized behavior incentive that excites them they will work for it, making it easier for you to teach and them to learn.
When a student tracks his or her individual progress, they take more ownership of their learning.
Differentiation doesn't have to be difficult. And if it does take a little more time, it's a worthwhile investment. When students see you take interest in their unique skills, interests, and abilities, they feel cared for--and students who feel cared for will work for you!