Puppetry in Practice

Differentiated Learning

It is clear that all students learn differently and access content knowledge and information in a variety of ways. The importance of differentiated teaching in classrooms today, ensures that teachers are conscious of and responsive to the needs of all their students in order to produce the best outcomes and promote all around student growth. In the case of arts-based learning, PIP designs projects that draw from an array of learning strategies, presents a wide range of solutions, and provides students, both individually and in a group, the ability to access curriculum content utlizing their own strengths to find success.

Most of our projects are designed for groups of students to work together and develop through cooperative learning. This is a great complement to differentiated learning because the different life experiences, interests, abilities and skills of the students are shared within the group. Students demonstrate their skills to one another and share moments of leadership and become more active participants in their learning process.

Teachers are asked to "teach up" and challenge their students by keeping expectations and standards high. Our projects are not only a way of “teaching up” by providing a level of complexity that is just above individual needs but a way to stimulate latent skills and abilities that are experienced through group learning. Ongoing assessment of projects can be integrated with assessment rubrics and evaluations developed with the students. Students then take responsibility for identifying goals and defining ways to evaluate the product they create.