George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.

  • Creating an Inclusive Virtual Classroom

    Distance learning can feel impersonal and inaccessible, but there are ways to help students feel a sense of connection and access academic material.
    Amanda Kern
  • A Simple Math Activity That Engages All Students

    This quick and engaging low ceiling, high floor activity boosts students’ confidence and helps them think creatively about mathematical relationships.
  • Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

    Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?
    Nora Fleming
  • A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

    When educators at a Washington, DC, high school ditched their lectures and devised a self-paced blended learning model, their students thrived.
  • 6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students

    Support every student by breaking learning up into chunks and providing a concrete structure for each.
  • 3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

    Every teacher already has the tools to differentiate in powerful ways for all learners.
  • Do’s & Don’ts for Teaching English-Language Learners

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

    Six ways to support students with dysgraphia—a learning difference that affects a person’s ability to produce written work.
  • Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

    Techniques for meeting the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.
  • 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.
  • Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

    PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.
  • Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

    A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.
  • 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.
  • From Concrete to Abstract—The Montessori Math Approach

    At an elementary school in South Carolina, tactile materials, color coding, and vocabulary changes help students grasp high-level math concepts.
  • 3 Fun Activities for Strengthening Numeracy Skills

    These activities give middle and high school students a chance to play with numbers—and learn at the same time.