Differentiated instruction is not a single strategy or formula. It is a way of thinking about the diversity of learners in our classrooms and acting on this knowledge throughout the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating so that we can promote the deepest possible understanding for all students. This is the introductory presentation to a one-day workshop on Getting Started with Differentiated Instruction.
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When you look at
your learners and
you see this...
... & act on what you see
before, during, & after
is a way of thinking,
not a program.
you pay attention to AND actively
plan and modify processes for the
different learners in your
Teaching vs. Learning
Differentiated instruction is when...
Students vs. Learners
What could be
important to know
about my students?
• as human beings
• as learners
Teaching with the child in mind.
"Yes, we have to teach content, we
have to always bear in mind that we
teach that content to human beings,
and not all students will understand it
in the same way, at the same
length of time, make the
same connections, need the
same support system."
- Carol Ann Tomlinson
• Layered Lessons
• before any content is "COVERED"
• during - what is "UNCOVERED?"
• varied strategies & time!
• different approaches
• Starts with total group!
• Interest Development Centers
• Varied Texts
• Accelerated Coverage of Material
• Varied Supplementary Materials
• Varied Graphic Organizers
• Independent Study
• Tiered Assignments
Student learning is improved when:
• They think their teacher cares about them.
• They are presented with problems at an