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Differentiated Instruction

Build lessons, develop teaching materials, and vary your approach so that all students, regardless of where they are starting from, can learn content effectively, according to their needs.

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Enhancing Learning Through Differentiated Technology

Three tech tools -- SAS Curriculum Pathways, Newsela, and EDpuzzle -- can help differentiate instruction by showing where students are and offering appropriate formative assessment.

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Differentiation Is Just Too Difficult: Myth-Busting DI Part 3

Most teachers differentiate their instruction intuitively because not all students are the same. For those willing to commit to DI, the next step is intentional differentiation.

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100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

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Giving Students a Little Taste of a Book

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Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

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Differentiation With 50+ Social-Media Tools

Access a dynamic Google doc, moderated by John McCarthy and populated with information on social-media tools that can help support the needs of all learners.

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Giving Students a Little Taste of a Book

A creative way to give students a choice in what they read and differentiate instruction to help them grow as readers.

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Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.

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Building a Community of Learners—and Citizens

A high-needs school in Rhode Island helps close the achievement gap while preparing students for active citizenship.

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Station Rotation: Differentiating Instruction to Reach All Students
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Station Rotation: Differentiating Instruction to Reach All Students

Rotation stations allow students to learn in a range of modalities, while making differentiation manageable for one teacher.

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Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Reading a novel together as a class builds community, pushes everyone to do the work, and still allows for differentiation.

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A Reading List for Differentiated Instruction

You can find ideas on how to gear your teaching to meet the needs of all students even in works that aren’t explicitly about differentiation.

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Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

Techniques for meeting the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.

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6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

Support every student by breaking learning up into chunks and providing a concrete structure for each.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

Differentiated instruction (DI) casts a spell on educators as to how it meets all students' needs. The skillset required to differentiate seems mystical to some and incomprehensible to others in this environment of state standards and high-stakes tests. Where...

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Redefining Smart: Multiple Intelligences

Edutopia reports on the resurgent relevance of Howard Gardner's ground-breaking theory, which changed the game for students and teachers.

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Dos & Don’ts for Teaching English Language Learners

In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.

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6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) naturally lends itself to differentiated instruction. By design, it is student-centered, student-driven, and gives space for teachers to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways. PBL can allow for effective differentiation...

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Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences

Edutopia revisits its 1997 interview with the Harvard University professor about multiple intelligences and new forms of assessment.

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