Using Improvisation for Differentiated Instruction

It was almost 20 years ago that I attended a National Endowment for the Humanities program for teaching Shakespeare through performance as an inner city high school teacher. It was at this institute that I learned how critically important it was for students to learn creatively and kinesthetically.

We are all familiar with Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, but as a teacher I struggled with the implementation of this theory into teaching and learning activities. I decided to try out the many techniques that I learned at the Shakespeare institute with my students.

I soon realized that it was essential for me to ditch the “one size fits all” study guides. My classroom was made up of diverse learners and I knew that I needed to differentiate the teaching and learning strategies in my classroom.