Differentiation defined

  • "Differentiation can be defined as a way of teaching in which teachers proactively modify curriculum, teaching methods, resources, learning activities, and student products. The needs of individual students and/or small groups of students are addressed to maximize the learning opportunity for each student in the classroom. — Tomlinson, et al.

  • "Differentiation is changing the pace, level or kind of instruction you provide in response to individual learner needs, styles, or interest. — Heacox

How to Differentiate:

  • Step 1 - Know your students
    • Determine the ability level of your student
    • Survey student interests
    • Behavior Management - be sure students & teachers are aware of the classroom rules
  • Step 2 - Have a Repertoire of teaching strategies
    • Direct instruction
    • Inquiry-based learning
    • Cooperative learning
    • Information Processing strategies
  • Step 3 - Identify a variety of instructional strategies
    • flexible lesson plans
    • student choice
    • NOT one-size fits all
  • Step 4 - Identify ways to assess and evaluate student progress
    • Authentic assessment
    • Rubric
    • Portfolios
    • Performance -based assessment
    • Knowledge mapping