The Why and How

Why Does Differentiation Matter?

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Differentiation Supports Tier I

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Three Components of Differentiation

  • Content
  • Process
  • Product


What you want the students to learn (objective) and the materials or mechanisms that are used to accomplish that goal

-leveled books

-graphic organizers

-small group


-guided reading/math/writing


The activities that are used to ensure all students are meeting the goal/objective.

-various ways to solve a math problem

-hands on/ act out


-books online/ oral


Ways the students demonstrate they understand the concepts and have mastered the goal/objective.


-Smore Presentation




How Do You Start to Organize Differentiated Lessons?




Step 1: Talk with Your Students

Have a class meeting and explain that you're going to try a new idea/strategy. With this new strategy, kids work may look different- That's ok! Talk to the student about different learning styles, different interests and different ways students learn- Different makes the world great!

Step 2: Assessment

What are the students' Readiness Levels: Not Ready, Just Ready, Ready to Go Beyond

What are the students' Interests

How do the students learn best

Step 3: Choose ONLY One Area

Choose one objective and try to differentiate for either readiness level, interest or learning styles.

Step 4: Try A New Strategy You Learned Today

Choose a strategy from today and try it in your room. If it doesn't work the first time, keep trying. Ask for help or support or just brag on yourself for the wonderful work you're doing.