Differentiating Process

How will my students make sense of what they are learning?

What does it mean to differentiate the process of learning?

Process is how students make sense of the content. They need time to reflect and digest the learning activities before moving on to the next segment of a lesson. Think of a workshop or course where, by the end of the session, you felt filled to bursting with information, perhaps even overwhelmed. Processing helps students assess what they do and don't understand. It's also a formative assessment opportunity for teachers to monitor students' progress.


McCarty, John. "3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do."Edutopia. Edutopia, 23 July 2014. Web. 07 July 2016.

Strategies for Differentiating Process

The 3 most common ways to differentiate by process are through a student's "Readiness", "Interests" and Learner Profile" Check out a few of our favorite strategies for differentiating by Process below.

Differentiating by a Student's Readiness

As a teacher, you can differentiate by a student's readiness through


  • jigsaw activities
  • Videoed materials
  • Anchor activities
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Varied/ Leveled Texts
  • Varied and Leveled Supplementary Materials
  • Literature Circles


Use the Padlet below to share how you are currently using some of these differentiation strategies to differentiate by Process.

Differentiating by a Student's Interests

You can differentiate by a student's interests through:



After exploring the various ways to differentiate through a student's interest, respond to the Answer Garden below and share one way you can use one of these strategies in your own classroom.

Differentiating by a Student's Learning Profile

You can differentiate through a student's learning profile by:


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Using the Today's Meet below, share out how you could or are incorporating strategies like interests inventories, differentiated groups or centers, and increased questioning rigor in your own classroom.