(excerpt) The teachers provide “differentiated instruction” – tailoring goals and expectations to each individual student, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach that teaches students the same concepts at the same pace.
“It’s self-defeating for kids to come into a classroom . . . and see that they’re all expected to do the same thing that day,” said Tim Ihms, the school’s administrator, Bible and history teacher. The advantage to differentiated learning is that a student advances through the course work only after demonstrating he or she understands the current concepts before them. (read full article in The Arizona Republic)