Hebrew Academy is committed to delivering fully differentiated education to its students.
All humans develop uniquely. Besides the timing of intellectual, physical, moral, and spiritual development, educational and neuropsychology researchers and professionals now understand that humans, at any life stage favor many different learning styles, can be “intelligent” in over a dozen different ways, and learn more deeply in safe, encouraging environments rather than pressurized, nerve-wracking ones.
Expert Carol Ann Tomlinson defines differentiation as the process of:
“Ensuring that what a student learns, how he or she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he or she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning.”
Our teachers differentiate instruction for each student through content, process, product, and learning environment. Differentiated environments reward curiosity and effort, strengthen self-esteem, and provide each student many opportunities to “pop” with new understandings, creative energy, and expertise. In a fully differentiated classroom, students learn to apply, adapt, and share their understandings, skills, and talents while continually developing perseverance, resilience, and positive social skills. They share the rewards of taking purposeful intellectual, creative, and physical risks.