Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson teaches at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education where she was named Outstanding Professor in 2004. She also received an All University Teaching Award in 2008. She teaches courses for Leadership, Foundations, and Policy and for Curriculum and Instruction as well as serving as Co-Director of Curry’s Institute on Academic Diversity. Prior to joining the faculty at Curry, she was a public school teacher for 21 years, including middle school, high school, and preschool. She was named Virginia’s Teacher of the Year in 1974, Outstanding Professor at Curry in 2004, and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2008. She has authored numerous books and articles on the topics of differentiated instruction and curriculum.
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According to Dr. Tomlinson, “Teachers have the responsibility to teach students content, but also have to bear in mind that we teach that content to students. Not all students will understand in the same way, at the same length of time, make same connections, or need the same support system. Differentiated Instruction is a way of thinking about teaching which suggests that we establish very clear learning goals, that are very substantial and that we teach with an eye on the student so we can determine where the student is relative to where we are going, then making adjustments as necessary.“
She further states, “At its most basic level, differentiating instruction means “shaking up” what goes on in the classroom so that students have multiple options for taking in information, making sense of ideas, and expressing what they are learning.”
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