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The Differentiated Classroom 


  fulfilling the promise of differentiation

     responding to the needs of all learners

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.

differentiating instruction is.....
The idea of differentiating instruction to accommodate the different ways that students learn involves a hefty dose of common sense, as well as sturdy support in the theory and research of education (Tomlinson & Allan, 2000). It is an approach to teaching that advocates active planning for student differences in classrooms.

 Instructional Support for Teachers:  DIFFERENTIATION

 Basics of Differentiation

 Managing Groups for Differentiation

 Cluster Diagram

 A Blooming Table

 Student Learning Logs

Textbook Differentiation Plan 

Question Levels

Integrate to Differentiate 

Study Guides & Strategies 

The Learning Toolbox 



Anchor Activities 

Anchor Activities

Anchor Activities 

Anchor Activities 

Cubing Activities

Cubing Perspective 

Differentiated Bingo 


Clock Partners 

Compacting Contract 
















Managing Student Needs 



 Tiered Instruction



Tiered Exit Cards 


















    Utilize pre-tests to assess where individual students need to begin a study of a given topic or unit.

    Encourage thinking at various levels of Bloom's taxonomy.

    Use a variety of instructional delivery methods to address different learning styles.

    Break assignments into smaller, more manageable parts that include structured directions for each part.

    Choose broad instructional concepts and skills that lend themselves to understanding at various levels of complexity.


    Provide access to a variety of materials which target different learning preferences and reading abilities.

    Develop activities that target auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners.

    Establish stations for inquiry-based, independent learning activities.

    Create activities that vary in level of complexity and degree of abstract thinking required.

    Use flexible grouping to group and regroup students based on factors including content, ability, and assessment results.


    Use a variety of assessment strategies, including performance-based and open-ended assessment.

    Balance teacher-assigned and student-selected projects.

    Offer students a choice of projects that reflect a variety of learning styles and interests.

    Make assessment an ongoing, interactive process.