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.
Instructional Support for Teachers: DIFFERENTIATION
Basics of Differentiation
Managing Groups for Differentiation
A Blooming Table
Student Learning Logs
Textbook Differentiation Plan
Integrate to Differentiate
Study Guides & Strategies
The Learning Toolbox
Managing Student Needs
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.