Differentiated Instruction


By using Differentiated Instruction in my classroom I have been able to actively engage students in the curriculum and provide a rich, meaningful learning environment for all my students.  I hope that you are able to use some of the ideas listed in these pages. If you have Differentiated Instruction strategies or website links that could benefit another teacher, please send me an email.  Not all suggestions will make it onto the website, but your time and thoughtfulness are appreciated.  Please be sure to put "Differentiated Instruction Strategies" in the subject line.
Thank you,
Mrs. McDavid 


What is Differentiated Instruction
Ways to Differentiated Instruction
Differentiated Instruction Strategies



Differentiating instruction means creating multiple paths so that students of different abilities, interest or learning needs experience equally appropriate ways to absorb, use, develop and present concepts as a part of the daily learning process (Theroux, 2004).

To differentiate instruction is to recognize students' varying background knowledge, readiness, language, preferences in learning, and interests.  Differentiating instruction is an important tool for engaging students.  

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By address student readiness, interests, and learning styles, teachers can differentiate the curriculum through content, process, and product.

Content refers to the knowledge and skills students are to learn.  Differentiating content requires that students be pre-tested.  Some students require direct instruction while other students who already understand the concept can quickly become engaged in accelerated studies, independent learning, or experiments and inquiries.  

  • Tiered Lessons
  • Learning Centers and Learning Stations
  • Investigations
  • Independent Study

Process refers to student engagement.  Students are provided with alternative strategies for processing information.  

  • Graphic Organizers
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Concept Webs
  • Charts
  • Lists

Process refers to student engagement.  The complexity of the product is varied so that students are challenged.  Students become motivated when they are offered a choice in the product they create.  

  • Choice Boards

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There are many ways to differentiate instruction.  Listed below are a few strategies that will help in maximizing content and empower students to take control of their own learning.

Bloom's Taxonomy


Bloom's Questions
  Questions that encourage higher order thinking from students.


Glossary of Instructional Strategies

Differentiated Instructional Strategies
  A long list of differentiated instructional strategies and their explanations.


Flexible Grouping 

Flexible Grouping Strategies
  A list of flexible grouping patterns.


Tiered Instruction

What is Tiered Instruction
  An explanation of tiered instruction.
Sample Tiered Lessons
  Sample lessons for grades K-12


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Theroux, P. (2004).  Enhancing Learning With Technology: Differentiated Instruction.  Retrieved February 23, 2004.  http://members.shaw.ca/priscillatheroux/differentiating.html

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