Differentiated Instruction Resources for Teachers

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

Differentiated Instruction: What You Need to Know
Readings for the Summer DI Session: 150+ Seedlings for Developing More Determined Learners: Examine a plethora of reading materials as you plan your garden of differentiated-instruction approaches and strategies for the upcoming school year. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
Differentiated Instruction for Myth-Busting: Three Myths and Three Truths: Get to the bottom of common misconceptions regarding differentiated education by reading the following article. For a quick reference on what differentiated instruction is — and isn’t — Differentiation Is / Differentiation Is Not, a pair of infographics from the American Society for Curriculum and Instruction, is also recommended. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
Differentiated Instruction (DI) is defined as follows: Take a look at a few concrete examples to have a better understanding of differentiated instruction in action: the use of graphic organisers, the provision of alternative assignments, and the provision of extra work time. (Source: Edutopia, last updated in 2014)
Differentiation Concept Map: This is a flowchart that depicts the essential components of differentiated education as well as the relationships between those components. Carol Tomlinson of Differentiation Central published a paper in 2010 titled

Planning and Implementation Ideas

Levels of Understanding: Creating Homework or Practice to Suit the Requirements of All Learners: Learn how to construct a framework to facilitate the development of homework or practise to meet the needs of all learners. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
Making Failure More Work Than Passing: Learn how one chemistry instructor combines gradual learning goals, formative evaluations, and differentiation to motivate students to put up their best effort and achieve their goals. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
The following are five additional ways to “remove the walls” from your classroom. Discover five strategies for reassigning kids across the normal groups and grade levels while still distinguishing, meeting standards, assuring competency, and enhancing engagement in the process. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
It’s All About the Students: Three Steps to Effective Differentiated Instruction: Three ways for differentiated instruction are discussed in detail below: understanding students’ talents, involving them in planning and using the strengths of other educators. (2014) (Edutopia, 2014)
Three Strategies for Educating Diverse Learners: Teacher’s Responsibilities The three components of differentiated learning in the classroom are content, method, and product. Additionally, 15+ Readiness Tools for Driving Student Success, which provides resources to assist teachers in meeting the readiness needs of all kids, is a good resource for additional planning advice. (2014) (Edutopia, 2014)
Finding out about and assessing students helps to learn to last. Quick reflections, surveys, and diverse-perspective evaluations can all be used to assist students to process their understanding more deeply and confirming their comprehension, according to the authors. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)

Knowing and Assessing Students

How Learning Profiles Can Help You Improve Your Teaching: Examine the various ways that gathering data on students can help you differentiate your instruction. (2014) (Edutopia, 2014)
Assessment fog can be eliminated in three ways: by identifying and communicating clear learning targets, by distinguishing between logistical guidelines (such as following directions) and academic learning targets, and by providing students with a variety of different ways to demonstrate their learning. The use of dipsticks is a simple and effective method of assessing understanding (Edutopia, 2014). Formative assessment is explained in detail in this primer, which includes a printable list of 53 techniques to check for student knowledge. You might also want to look at David Wees’ community post with 56 Examples of Formative Assessment as well as Edutopia’s formative assessment website for further inspiration. (2014) (Edutopia, 2014)
Teaching aids include the following: Getting Rid of the Deficit Model: Learn how to obtain an understanding of students’ strengths, interests, and hidden talents to decide the most effective way to address their educational needs. (2013) Teaching Diverse Learners (Edutopia, 2013)

Teaching Diverse Learners

Choosing Equity Over Equality: Six Steps Toward Equity: Learn about the seven steps to achieving classroom equity: getting to know every child, appreciating their potential, recognising their obstacles, becoming adaptable, acknowledging inequity, and embracing culture as a resource to promote equity. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)
If you’re working with gifted students in a general education classroom, think about what you should and shouldn’t do to fulfil their requirements. To meet the requirements of children with ADHD, educators must make learning child-centred, differentiate instruction, incorporate movement and mindfulness practises, provide supportive learning settings, and document the process. (Edutopia, 2015) Incorporating English language learners into general education courses: Learn about varied instruction and formative assessment practises that can be used by general education teachers of English-Language Learners to improve their students’ performance (ELLs).
Learn about the traits of an introvert to better assist timid and quiet children. The Power of Introverts: An Essential Understanding for Teachers (Source: Edutopia, 2013)

Differentiating With Technology

Examine digital technologies for text and video annotations, teacher feedback, and formative assessment as they relate to integrating technology and literacy instruction. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)
Using Social Media to Differentiate Instruction: Learn how social media can be used to promote differentiated instruction if the tools are chosen with a careful eye on individual students’ readiness, interests, and learning profiles, as demonstrated in this article. (Source: Edutopia, last updated in 2016)
Incorporating Mangahigh into the classroom is a great way to differentiate instruction. Find out how one teacher uses the online math game site Mangahigh to effectively diversify lessons by watching this video tutorial. (2014) (Edutopia, 2014)
Discover three technology tools — SAS Curriculum Pathways, Newsela, and EDpuzzle — that can assist with differentiating instruction by displaying where students are in the learning process and providing an appropriate formative evaluation for each student. (Edutopia, 2015)
Project-Based Learning Offers Opportunities for Differentiation
Toolkit for Differentiating Instruction in Project-Based Learning (PBL): Use tools and processes like Learning Profile Cards, narrative feedback, and design thinking to differentiate the content, process, and result of your PBL sessions. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)

Differentiation in Project-Based Learning

Six Simple, Successful Approaches to Differentiated Education in Project-Based Learning: Discover six simple, effective approaches to differentiated instruction in project-based learning in this article. (Source: Edutopia, last updated in 2016)
What is the role of PBL in supporting differentiated instruction? Learn how project-based learning (PBL) may be created and managed to take into consideration students’ readiness, interests, and learning profiles. Buck Institute for Education (2012) defines education as “the study of how people learn.”

Examples and Downloads From Schools That Work

Edutopia’s flagship series spotlights best practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way children learn and achieve success in school. Downloads utilised by practitioners at featured schools can be found in the sections below, as well as real-world instances of differentiated instruction.

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Working in Small Groups with “I Choose”
As a result of teachers’ requests for more time to engage with kids in small groups, Humboldt Elementary in Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona created time in the timetable and empowered students by combining scaffolded supports with a range of student-friendly elective enrichment opportunities. Take a look at the video and download a sample exit ticket that can be used by teachers:

Exit tickets for students, as an example — Download sample exit tickets that Humboldt teachers use as a quick check for understanding of the day’s lesson. These tickets also inform instructors of students who may require further assistance in a small group setting on that particular day.
All Students Can Achieve Academic Success Through a Multi-Tiered Approach
In Gainesville, Florida, the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) allows teachers to differentiate instruction and provide each student with the appropriate level of education for them to achieve academically. Learn more, and have a look at one of the resources provided by this school:

Plan for Tier Support — Planning sheet for Tier Support — Download a basic visual organiser that may be used to help teachers organise their time and prepare Tier 2 services for kids who have specialised requirements.
Reteach and enrich your knowledge: Allocate time for every student.
See how Mesquite Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona provides its pupils with the extra time they require to understand basic concepts and take their learning to the next level by following the steps outlined below.