One mindset that says it all

Differentiation is a mindset. With this mindset, you value differences between students instead of seeing them as a problem. These differences allow you to create strong learning environments in which every learner is supported in his own needs.

Very often, teachers seem to think that differentiation is a set of teaching methods. That’s only partly true. The way in which you - as a teacher - frame and accompany these teaching methods is as important as the methods themselves.

This mindset is called the growth mindset: it helps you to look at all your students as beings that are able to grow, to learn. This is a dynamic fact. Students are not statically “intelligent” or rather “weak”. Intelligence and brain activity are like muscular activity: the more you practice, the more it will be developed.

In this video clip, this mindset is described in detail.