• fair doesn't mean doing the same thing
  • provide challenge and engagement for different learners
  • students need to understand not everyone will be doing the same thing and why
  • teachers can differentiate the content (what is learned), process (how learned), or product (how learning is shown)
  • students have the same learning goal but may have different ways of getting there
  • consider student interests, readiness, performance, preferences
  • used in place of, not in addition to
  • grouping for differentiation should be based on need, interest, or ability
  • differences of others are recognized and promoted among students
  • helps students understand and identify personal strengths
  • parents like to know about the differentiated opportunities available to their students(some may need to be
educated on what differentiation is)

  • pre-assess!
  • use student interest surveys and learning profiles
  • anchor activities
  • curriculum compacting
  • learning contracts
  • independent study
  • menus
  • literature circles
  • project based learning
  • higher level questioning
  • Socratic questioning
  • tiered questioning
  • provide templates
  • use examples/samples
  • checklists
  • give list of ideas
  • allow project/assignment alternatives
  • create a unique problem to be solved
  • lengthen assignment due dates with benchmarks
  • check progress periodically (some more often)
  • how students work (independently, groups, pairs)
  • flexible grouping
  • strategy groups/guided reading groups
  • use different levels of books
  • use of manipulatives and graphic organizers
  • scaffold notes/organizers
  • change the level of difficulty (ex: more complex numbers)
  • goal setting
  • providing multiple options to demonstrate understanding of information/skills
  • different journal prompts

Differentiation Made Simple by Mary Ann Carr
Differentiation in Practice: A Resource Guide for Differentiated Curriculum by Carol Ann Tomlinson
Fulfilling the Promise of Differentiated Classrooms by Carol Ann Tomlinson
How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms by Carol Ann Tomlinson

http://www.adifferentplace.org/resources.htm: Resources, information, and lesson plans
http://differentiationcentral.com/resources.html: strategies and lesson plans
http://www.doe.in.gov/exceptional/gt/tiered_curriculum/welcome.html: examples of tiered lessons
http://www.polk-schools.com/Differentiated.htm: tons of links to other sites