Differentiation in the form of Choice Boards within any discipline

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"But do they really get it?", "are they able to apply the information in a different situation" are two BIG questions that are asked consistently by teachers throughout the day. Teachers are consistently coming up with new ideas that will better help their students learn. This could be new activities, different strategies or just a new approach. When creating these new activities, strategies and approaches a teacher needs to keep in mind that all students are different. They think differently, act differently and learn differently. Therefore, it is important to Differentiate materials for all learners. WAIT A MINUTE! What is Differentiate mean? How can I differentiate my instruction? You have come to the right place! In this mini course, you will find all the answers to those two question and more!!

In this mini course you will learn what differentiate means, an instructional tool that students like that provides a more opportunities for differentiating as well as the steps in which to use this tool!


My topic focuses on providing more differentiated learning opportunities in the classroom. The idea of differentiated materials allows for instruction to be provided in many different activities, instead of just learning by the traditional teacher run instruction. A way of providing differentiated instruction is through the idea of Choice Boards. Choice boards focus on one domain, where students are given the choice of activities they need to complete. These activities are hands on, partner base ( students learn from each other) activities that practice skills that are being taught in the present as well as skills that have been taught.

Students take ownership of their learning, learn from each other, practice skills, practices skills in different situations allowing for deeper understanding. Students apply knowledge in different situations allowing for deeper understanding.

Performance Objectives

Course Overview:

In this mini course, you will learn what differentiation is and how it is important in the classroom setting.

Specific Objectives:

Participants will be able to identify their own understanding of Differentiation as refine it based upon what is taught. Participants will identify why Differentiation of instruction is important in the classroom Participants will understand the process of creating differentiated choice boards Participants will create choice boards based upon their discipline

Course Units

Unit 1: Differentiation and Why it is important

Learners will

  • identify what Differentiation is
  • why it is important to provide opportunities to learners.

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

Learners will:

  • learn about an instructional tool used to provide more differentiation in a classroom, choice boards.

Unit 3: Creating a Choice Board within their Discipline

Learners will:

  • identify the steps in creating a choice board.
  • identify the standards within their discipline.


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