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Working With Diverse Student Groups

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As a collaborative process, project-based learning creates a space where the interests and learning needs of all students can be addressed, regardless of ability and background. 

A well-designed project can engage and benefit students with special needs, English learners, students who are gifted and talented, mixed groups of older and younger youth, and other student populations.

Flexibility is the key. According to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning, an environment that supports diverse learning needs does so by using several approaches:

  • A variety of presentation methods
  • Multiple means of engaging, challenging and motivating students
  • Flexible ways for students with differing abilities to demonstrate their learning

Click on the examples below to see how to modify and adapt projects for the following groups:

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Project-Based Learning

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Project-Based Learning