Transforming Lives with Differentiated Literacy Instruction
Dr. Debra J. Coffey

Reading lays the foundation for educational success because achievement in virtually all subjects hinges on the ability to read well. In spite of its importance, reading achievement is not automatic for every child. This article explores the motivational contexts that inspired struggling readers to build leadership qualities and expertise during individualized instruction in a university reading practicum. Differentiated instruction empowered students to face reading challenges more effectively as they were motivated by innovative reading opportunities and rose to new levels of academic proficiency. This research study highlighted strategies that transformed teaching methodology and gave struggling readers renewed enthusiasm. This differentiated approach demonstrated the transformative impact of instruction tailored to the needs and interests of students.

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