Lesson 3: High and Low Prep Strategies


Differentiation strategies can require varied amounts of preparation time. High-prep strategies will often require a teacher to both create multiple pathways to process information and or demonstrate learning.

Low-prep strategies might require a teacher to strategically create process and product choices for students. They will then be given the chance to choose which option to pursue given their learning profile or readiness.

Below is a list of various Low Prep Strategies

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Below is a list of various High Prep Strategies

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Here is a question for for thought. How many of these strategies have you experienced as student? What about in your classroom?


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Hall,T., Vue, G., Strangman, N., & Meyer, A. (2003). Differentiated instruction and implications for UDL implementation. Wakefield, MA: National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum. (Links updated 2014). Retrieved December 14, 2016, from http://aem.cast.org/about/publications/2003/ncac-differentiated-instruction-udl.html

Says, J. (2016). Instructional Strategies. Retrieved December 14, 2016, from http://www.fortheteachers.org/instructional_strategies/