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What is differentiated instruction? How do you teach it in the classroom?

Dec 19, 2014 5:52pm

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    • Dec 23, 2014 2:10am

      Jasmine explained it perfectly above and that link is very useful. Here is one more video that I don't believe is included on the blog post above:

      • Jan 4, 2015 7:16am

        Last year I took Carol Tomlinson's course "Differentiated Instruction" at UVA. It's tough to recap a full semester into one post, but here's my attempt!

        When differentiating one of your units, remember to first establish clear learning goals for EVERY student to reach. Then differentiate your CONTENT, PROCESS, and PRODUCT according to students' Readiness Levels, Interests, and Learning Profile. (Readiness is students' starting point; it doesn't have the permanent label that "ability" does. See Dweck's research on growth mindsets. And Tomlinson's learning profiles:'s-of-Planning-Lessons-Differentiated-by-Learning-Profile.aspx).

        For example, teachers could differentiate the CONTENT by...
        - Differentiating for Readiness by first pre-assessing. Then differentiate with text sets, native language support, extra resources (graphic organizers), audio/video supplements, or extension/enrichment curriculum. Small groups or stations can be one good way to deliver the differentiated content.
        - Differentiating for Interest by using the "jigsaw" strategy, providing choices of texts, giving a "menu" of options, using a RAFT assignment with multiple options, etc.