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Differentiated Instruction

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Brooke Howland

on 27 February 2015

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Transcript of Differentiated Instruction

"Diagnosing the readiness level of each student and customizing instruction so every individual experiences continous learning."
(Bertie Kingore)

"Teachers at work refining the art of teaching."
(Bertie Kingore)

"Differentiation means giving students multiple options for taking in information...a teacher's response to a learner's needs."
(Carol Ann Tomlinson)

How to Differentiate Curricula
to Meet the Needs of University Level Learners

Consider the Learner: A Paradigm Shift
Table Talk
How might we as "educators" get to know our learners?
Consider Differentiation: Meeting Our Students' Needs
Learning Profiles
How will students demonstrate what they have learned?
What should students
know and be able to do?
How will you teach?
How will students learn the
course objectives?
Is the "classroom" conducive
for Differentiated Instruction?
Research & Differentiation
DI is based on the premises that:
we think, learn, and create in different ways; and
intelligence is fluid - not fixed.
DI encourages:
active learning
learner-centered teaching
scaffolded support based on a learner's ZPD
creative and critical thinking
A Working Definition
Tomlinson, C. (2000).
What is Differentiated Instruction?
Reading Rockets. Available at

Gregory, G. H., & Chapman, C. (2002). Differentiated instructional strategies: One size doesn’t fit all. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. - See more at:

Giving Students a Choice in Assignments Can Boost Creativity and Motivation - See more at:

Participants will be able to:
understand the pedagogical philosophy and purpose(s) of differentiated instruction;
understand a basic framework for differentiation;
consider ways for getting to know learners; and
identify various tools and approaches for implementing differentiated instruction.
Quick Write
Take a moment to think about an upcoming
situation in which you will be teaching.

-Field Observations
-Pre-assessments (assess early & often)
-First Class Introductions
-Self-Ratings of current proficiency
-Learner Profiles/Bios within Canvas
-Lists, Interest Surveys
-Concept Maps

A Problem of Practice
Share Out
Please take 3 minutes to write down what Differentiated Instruction means to you.

Feel free to demonstrate your ideas
through the use of a:
flow chart
short essay response

Step Into My Classroom
provide core and supplemental texts
at various readability levels
at various levels of understanding
jigsaw reading
use various "texts"
PowerPoint slides
graphic organizers
individual/group work
realia and manipulatives

Ideas for Differentiating the Teaching and Learning Process
use of multimedia
videos, podcasts, photographs, Tweet, wiki, Prezi, Glogster, Pecha Kucha
essay, reasearch paper, RAFT, Quick Write, learning logs, interactive journals
exit tickets
Step Into My Classroom
Ideas for Differentiating the Product
Ideas for Differentiating Content
Step Into My Classroom
Ideas for Differentiating
the Learning Environment
Instructors should:
hold high expectations
create clear guidelines, expectations, and learning objectives
allow for student voices
provide access to resources and materials
set routines for assistance
be present
build caring relationships with students

Mediated Inquiry Groups

Step Into My Classroom
What is one idea that resonated with you
that will impact your practice?

Add this to your working defition.
Learning Objectives
Step Into My Classroom
Integrating Literacies in Secondary Content Instruction
 English

 Math

 Science

 Social Studies
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