The Lycée Français de Chicago follows the method of differentiated instruction.
The teachers take courses on this theme during internships in North America organized by l’Agence pour l’enseignement de Français à l’étranger (AEFE), an agency that guides the teaching of French abroad.
The Lycée also provides internal courses featuring such specialists as Daniel Bensimhon, author and instructional counselor in Paris.
What is differentiated instruction?
It is a teaching method that:
- Puts the needs and potential of children first.
- Changes according to the needs of the child.
- Suggests varied learning activities and tools.
- Opens the doors of knowledge and know-how to a maximum number of students.
In using differentiated instruction, our teachers can:
- Understand and evaluate the needs of each child.
- Create varied learning situations.
- Better respect the individual pace and learning style of each student.
- Better adapt to the interests, questions, and needs of the child.
- Create interactions among students.
- Better follow the progress of students.
- Develop remedial work and create lesson plans with the child’s other teachers.
- Help all students progress, not just those in difficulty but also those advancing ahead of the class.
Differentiated instruction consists of organizing the class in such a way as to enable each student to learn under their own optimum conditions.
By differentiating learning, a classroom or school can recognize individual abilities and adapt to the differences between students so as to facilitate the attainment of their learning objectives. The aim is not to have students of different abilities achieve different objectives, but to enable all students to attain the same objectives by different routes.
Because no two learners :
- Learn at the same speed.
- Learn at the same time.
- Use the same study skills.
- Solve problems the same way.
- Possess the same repertoire of behaviors.
- Have the same sets of interests.
- Are motivated by the same goals.