Tonight neither my wife Laura, nor I were in the mood for a movie. Tickets to a show were too expensive. However, we still wanted an excuse for a date. Somehow we ended up at a local gaming store in the midst of a Magic Tournament. The place was teeming with stereotypically awkward teenaged boys. From their well buttoned polo shirts to their spotted faces, every single one of them seemed to experience a true sense of belonging. We thirty-something moms also felt welcomed and comfortable, thanks to the kind owner and his ability to settle us into different game he thought we’d enjoy. The whole evening was a lesson in differentiated instruction; the store and owner, provided a sense of belonging to us all, with specific accommodations and teaching to help each of us feel confident and supported as we learned.
What are other ways you experience differentiation in your lives?