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Differentiated Instruction


Differentiated Instruction: A Primer
In the field of education, definitions vary for differentiated instruction, a popular approach for teaching children with a wide range of academic strengths and interests.
Education Opinion Q&A Collections: Differentiating Instruction
All Classroom Q&A posts on Differentiating Instruction (from the past nine years!) are described and linked to in this compilation post.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 1, 2020
4 min read
Teaching Opinion Five Ways to Differentiate Instruction in an Online Environment
Examples from two educators include giving students the time to take physical breaks as well as pausing academic presentations to give students time to think.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 4, 2020
6 min read
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Teaching Opinion What Differentiated Instruction Is Not: A Teacher's Perspective
Taking differentiation to mean "everything all the time" isn’t a sustainable model, warns English teacher Chad Towarnicki.
Chad Towarnicki, November 22, 2019
5 min read
Education Opinion Q&A Collections: Differentiating Instruction
All Classroom Q&A posts offering advice on Differentiating Instruction (from the past eight years!) are described and linked to in this compilation post.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 22, 2019
3 min read
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Classroom Technology How These 4 Educators Are Using Ed Tech to Transform Their Teaching
Learn how four teachers used new ed-tech tools to improve student engagement, differentiate learning, deploy better assessments, and communicate more effectively with parents.
Madeline Will & Sarah Schwartz, April 23, 2019
9 min read
Teaching Opinion Everything You Wanted to Know About Differentiation, But Were Afraid to Ask
New videos, along with many other resources, on differentiated instruction!
Larry Ferlazzo, February 10, 2019
1 min read
English-Language Learners Differentiated Instruction for English-Learners: A Visual Guide
In a nearly three-minute video, a pair of veteran ELL teachers outline advice on how educators can identify students' individual strengths, needs, and interests and develop lesson plans that are accessible to all English-learners.
Corey Mitchell, February 7, 2019
1 min read
Curriculum How to Differentiate Instruction (Without Losing Your Mind)
Differentiation doesn't have to mean spending hours creating separate lessons for every student. In these two videos, veteran educators Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski describe techniques they use to meet students where they are in a multi-ability classroom.
Liana Loewus, February 6, 2019
1 min read
Teaching Series Differentiated Instruction
In this series of videos, veteran teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explain what it means to differentiate instruction, provide tips for doing so with English-language learners, and detail the questions they ask themselves when planning a lesson for students of all levels.
February 6, 2019
Teaching Video Differentiating Instruction: How to Plan Your Lessons
Some students finish tasks quickly, others slowly. Some understand the concept on the first try, and others need more practice. How can a teacher plan ahead for all these scenarios? In this video, veteran teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Synieski discuss the various strategies they keep in their back pockets for accommodating all types of learners during a single lesson.
February 5, 2019
English-Language Learners Video Differentiating Instruction: A Guide for Teaching English-Language Learners
Veteran teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Synieski offer tips on differentiating instruction for English-language learners. By using techniques such as pairing up students and enhancing background knowledge, teachers can make a lesson accessible to every student in the class, regardless of language proficiency. “Not everybody will get the same exact text or use the same strategy,” Hull Sypnieski explains, “but it’s fair because you’re meeting every student where they are.”
February 5, 2019
Teaching Commentary Want to Personalize Learning? Computers Aren't the Answer
Keeping five classes of 30 students engaged each day isn’t an easy task. Nina Parrish shares five steps to help.
Nina Parrish, December 11, 2018
4 min read
Teaching Opinion Response: Differentiate for ELLs by 'Establishing a Welcoming and Safe Classroom'
Sandra C. Figueroa, Becky Corr, Sydney Snyder, Adria Klein, Michael D. Toth, and Barbara Gottschalk share their suggestions on differentiating instruction for ELLs.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 10, 2018
24 min read
Teaching Opinion Response: Ways to Differentiate Instruction for ELLs
Valentina Gonzalez, Jenny Vo, Tonya Ward Singer, Carol Ann Tomlinson, and Nélida Rubio discuss ways to differentiate instruction for English Language Learners.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 9, 2018
21 min read