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18 Teacher-Tested Strategies for Differentiated Instruction

18 Teacher-Tested Strategies for Differentiated Instruction

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Most educators agree that differentiated instruction can dramatically help students to succeed, but good differentiation needs careful planning to make sure students of all abilities are engaged and it can be a challenge when teachers are already so pressed for time.

That's why we searched the Edutopia community for tips and strategies that can help with differentiating instruction. You can find 18 of them included in this presentation:

18 Teacher-Tested Strategies for Differentiated Instruction

Do you have a favorite strategy from your classroom? Please share it in the comments. When we all collaborate, the goal of differentiated instruction becomes easier to reach.

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I love that the first tip points to inquiry as a great way to differentiate. In our Critical Skills Classroom, ( we use inquiry driven instruction (PBL) as organizing principle for learning. That means that, while everyone is working to solve the same problem, the way they're working on the problem (and the part of the problem they're working to solve) may not be the same. Teachers can adjust resources, groupings and instructions to target specific skills and levels of complexity. Everyone ends up challenged and engaged!

K. Takahashi's picture

"Figure out what is essential" Great to see this critical suggestion in the list of tips! As the facilitators of learning, we need to have a solid understanding of the big ideas, core concepts and\or overall learning expectations as students uncover new learning for themselves. Teachers will need to be mindful of the purpose behind a particular learning task or activity as students may come back with a wide scope of topics, information and content. Thanks for the tips!

David Andrade's picture
David Andrade
Educator, EdTech Specialist, Education Administrator

I use project based learning as a way to differentiate - students have different ways to learn the material - I do a short lecture/discussion, then they do research, they watch videos, do labs and projects. They also have different ways to show their understanding of a topic - from quizzes to lab reports to the projects themselves.

Here is some more info on differentiation:

Martin Richards's picture
Martin Richards
I train educators to use a coaching approach in their teaching practice

How many % of the teachers you work with employ differentiated instruction?
How far has your school come along this road?

Yaa Adoma's picture
Yaa Adoma
Rethink education/teaching/learning in Mali; aiming to change the statistics, one child at a time.

Is there a way I can download this presentation?

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