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Mesquite Elementary School

Grades 3-5 | Tucson, AZ

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.
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Daily collaborative planning time at Mesquite Elementary enables teachers to plan differentiated instruction to address the progress of each student.

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Lesson Plans & Rubric - Reteach and Enrich

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Tools for Data Assessment

Teachers at Mesquite meet weekly with the student achievement teacher to review the most recent assessment data and plan instruction for each student accordingly.

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Websites & Readings

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Robin Ruiz's picture
Robin Ruiz
Seventh Grade Inclusion Teacher from Central Florida

These are wonderful resources.
After being out of the classroom as the classroom teacher - I find myself enjoying a challenge. I teach double block reading to level 1-2 students in 7 grade at a school that has an F for its second year.
I want to add excitement and pizazz and WOW o WOW - - yes we must follow the Standard curricullum maps- I must use a certain format-
I have my masters in EdLead USF and I am working on my PHD in ED at Walden U.
That was easy!
Please send me the best of the best known information to use with my classes - I would like all my students to read on grade level and enjoy learning ! Yes I am a frequent flyer on Edutopia
Thank you so much dear colleagues!
Robin Ruiz

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Hi Robin, thanks for being part of the Edutopia community. I'd like to help direct you to resources you can use, but I wonder if you can be more specific about you need.

Also, have you checked out our list of "core strategies"? In many ways, these are the best of the best innovations that can impact student lives.

rachaelsotelo's picture

I absolutely love these free resources, the ones you have to pay for are great as well, but there are plenty of free ones here that can be used for educational and at home environments. I would however like to see what kind of resources higher education educators would use. These are great for grades K and up, so I wonder if there are resources for higher education, and if so, where I could find them.

Rusul Alrubail's picture
Rusul Alrubail
Edutopia Community Facilitator/ Student Voice & Literacy at The Writing Project

Hi Rachael, I was able to find this, an article published in a quarterly that I help edit. The article is very through and research based, but you might also find really helpful resources in its references list:

This document here is also a bit dated, but also contains great suggestions, links and resources on differentiated instruction from HigherED perspective:

Hope that helps!

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

When I differentiate at the graduate level, I utilize a lot of the same methods and tools- but modified. For example, I try to make the content accessible through different modalities, we do a combination of presentations, discussions and written products, students do some work collaboratively and some on their own...I don't use many "canned" tools unless I'm specifically trying to model how to use something in a k-12 setting. I try to drill down into what it really means to differentiate, which is simply to make the learning accessible and relevant to all learners. When I come from that perspective, combined with the small class sizes and maturity found in adult learning settings like graduate school, I find it to be simpler to differentiate at the higher ed level than it was when I was teaching high school. :-)

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