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Differentiation

What is it?

  • Adjusting instruction, activities, and/or assessment to meet the needs of learners
  • Changing the content, process, product, or learning environment to tailor instruction, activities, and/or assessments to ability level or understanding

Teachers

Create needs-based instruction, activities, and/or assessments to scaffold or accelerate learning

Students

Demonstrate understanding in a differentiated setting

How can I implement in the classroom?

  • Use pre-assessment data to create differentiated and small group instruction based on individual student needs
  • Capitalize on a student’s strengths and address gaps in knowledge 
  • Provide enrichment for students that "get it" prior to instruction
  • Create individualized goals for students 
  • Scaffold instruction and support
  • Incorporate interest-based approaches for students to demonstrate learning

Classrooms in Action

Flexible Grouping

 

Why does it work?

"The idea of differentiating instruction is an approach to teaching that advocates active planning for and attention to student differences in classrooms, in the context of high quality curriculums."

-Carol Tomlinson Ed. D.

 

Digital Tools that Work

 Blendspace  Padlet  Smore 
 Tackk  Ted-Ed   

Activities that Work

  • Flexible grouping
  • Think, Tac, Toe
  • Learning Menus
  • Tiered Lessons

Resources