Unit 3: Useful Strategies for Differentiating Instruction



Upon completion of this unit, participants will be able to

  • Identify strategies for differentiating instruction.
  • Create a lesson or activity to be used in their classroom that incorporates differentiated instruction while also considering the theory of multiple intelligences.
  • Discuss their specific classroom goals for differentiated instruction.

Strategies for Differentiating Instruction in the Classroom

The final activity of this mini course will be for you to create a lesson or activity that incorporates the ideas of differentiated instruction that you will carry out in your classroom. However, before you begin brainstorming ideas, it is important that we remember what differentiated instruction is and what it is not.

  • Differentiated Instruction is based on the belief that everyone learns differently.
  • Teachers should strive to meet the educational needs of their students.
  • Differentiated Instruction does NOT mean separating the "smarter" students from the "weaker" students.
  • Differentiated Instruction is not accomplished by simply giving students choices.

Consider the subject area and content that you teach in your classroom. Do you already use strategies to differentiate instruction? When trying to brainstorm ideas and activities to further differentiate instruction consider the following -

CONTENT - What are you teaching?

PROCESS- How are you teaching?

PRODUCT- How will student learning be assessed?

Set a Goal for Yourself in your Classroom

Additional Information

Making a Difference; Carol Ann Tomlinson Explains How Differentiated Instruction Works and Why We Need it Now.

Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project Based Learning

Culturally Responsive Differentiated Instructional Strategies