Top ten differentiation strategies

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A brief description of some differentiation strategies for the classroom

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Top ten differentiation strategies

  1. 1. Top Ten Differentiation Strategies
  2. 2. NUMBER 10 <ul><li>Preassessment – </li></ul><ul><li>Not the least important because it is 10. </li></ul><ul><li>No differentiation unless you use it. </li></ul><ul><li>Formal or informal </li></ul><ul><li>Use data for designing lesson or unit. </li></ul>
  3. 3. NUMBER 9 <ul><li>Curriculum Compacting </li></ul><ul><li>Essential for covering required material. </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate pace. </li></ul><ul><li>Used to fill “gaps.” </li></ul><ul><li>Used to cover material that will be easily mastered. </li></ul>
  4. 4. NUMBER 8 <ul><li>5 Most Difficult First </li></ul><ul><li>Like compacting for a day </li></ul><ul><li>Skill based subjects – math </li></ul><ul><li>If students shows mastery, move onto independent work. </li></ul><ul><li>Give credit for assignment. </li></ul>
  5. 5. NUMBER 7 <ul><li>Flexible Grouping </li></ul><ul><li>Used after preassessment. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on interest or readiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Give all students a chance to show mastery and make groups accordingly. </li></ul>
  6. 6. NUMBER 6 <ul><li>Questioning </li></ul><ul><li>Must be more than “What is.. When was..” </li></ul><ul><li>High level questioning promotes high level thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead. </li></ul>
  7. 7. NUMBER 5 <ul><li>Open-Ended Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone accesses task at own level. </li></ul><ul><li>Takes off artificial ceiling. </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes creativity. </li></ul><ul><li>Will show meaningful learning. </li></ul>
  8. 8. NUMBER 4 <ul><li>Tiering </li></ul><ul><li>Not more work. Different work. </li></ul><ul><li>Start small. </li></ul>
  9. 9. NUMBER 3 <ul><li>Learning Contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to task </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Can be done in many ways. </li></ul>
  10. 10. NUMBER 2 <ul><li>Choice Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Independent work with teacher direction. </li></ul><ul><li>When mastery is demonstrated or as a class project. </li></ul><ul><li>Be happy with all of the options. </li></ul>
  11. 11. NUMBER 1 <ul><li>Independent Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimate in autonomous learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Huge student buy in. </li></ul><ul><li>Even the unexpected will help you and the student learn something. </li></ul><ul><li>Fun and Learning!! Nothing beats that. </li></ul>

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