Ideas for Differentiating:
Content, Process, Product!




Low-Prep Differentiation:
  • Choice of books
  • Homework options
  • Use of reading buddies external image ohr_46585.jpg
  • Varied journal prompts
  • Orbitals
  • Varied pacing with anchor options
  • Student-teacher goal setting
  • Work alone or together
  • Whole-to-part and part-to-whole explanations
  • Flexible seating
  • Varied computer programs
  • Design-A-Day
  • Varied supplementary materials
  • Options for varied models of expression
  • Varied scaffolding on the same organizer
  • Let’s Make a Deal project
  • Computer mentorsexternal image lets-make-a-deal-1.jpg
  • Think-pair-share by readiness, interest, and learning profile
  • Use of collaboration, independence, and cooperation
  • Open-ended activities
  • Mini - workshops to re-teach or extend skills
  • Jigsaw
  • Negotiated criteria
  • Explorations by interest
  • Games to practice mastery of information and skill
  • Multiple levels of questions



High-Prep Differentiation
  • Tiered activities and labs
  • Tiered products
  • Independent studies
  • Multiple texts external image tiered-instruction.jpg
  • Alternative assessments
  • Learning contracts
  • 4-MAT
  • Multiple-Intelligence options
  • Compacting
  • Spelling by readiness
  • Varied entry points
  • Varied organizers
  • Lectures coupled with graphic organizers
  • Community mentorships
  • Interest groups
  • Tiered centers
  • Interest centers
  • Personal agendas
  • Literature circles
  • Stations
  • Complex instruction external image litcircles.gif
  • Group investigation
  • Tape-recorded materials
  • Teams, games, and tournaments
  • Choice boards
  • Think-tac-toe
  • Simulations
  • Problem-Based learning
  • Graduated rubrics
  • Flexible reading formats
  • Student-centered writing formats





Tomlinson, Caron Ann (2001). How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, Virginia.