Unit 1: Differentiation and Why it is important



Learners will identify the definition of Differentiation Learners will identify why Differentiation is important in a classroom.

Self Reflection

Before we can discuss ways to Differentiate instruction, we need to identify what Differentiation means to you. Take a minute. Write down some of your thoughts on what Differentiation means to you? How does it look in a classroom?

Keep these thoughts near you. Throughout the lesson, refer back to your thoughts to see how your thoughts have developed.


Differentiation is identified as "the process of identifying students’ individual learning strengths, needs, and interests and adapting lessons to match them—" ( Sparks, 2015) When you Differentiate instruction, you are providing different activities based upon the students needs to reach the same goal ( refer to picture at the top of this page. This is a perfect example of differentiation) 

There are three ways to incorporate Differentiation.

a) content



Read this article to take a closer look at the 3 ways to incorporate Differentiation:


Watch this video for more information on Differentiation Instruction:


Reflect in the Unit Wrap Unit section on questions a) and b).

Why Differentiate instruction

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Read to find out why Differentiation is important https://www.edutopia.org/blog/differentiated-instruction-student-success

Read the 7 reasons why Differentiation works:


Reflect in the Unit Wrap up section question c).

Unit Wrap up

To Wrap up this Unit reflect on these questions:

a)What is differentiated instruction

b)why is it important?

c) What are the three different ways you can differentiate instruction?

Creating Talk:Unit 1: Differentiation


Sparks , S. D. (2015, January 28). Differentiated Instruction: A Primer . Retrieved November 5, 2019, from https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/01/28/differentiated-instruction-a-primer.html.


Go to: Unit 2: Choice Boards; How does that differentiate instruction?

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