Differentiated Instruction: How to Make Lessons Accessible for All

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When some teachers think of differentiating instruction, they imagine having to create a different lesson for every student in the room. “That insanity is not what differentiation is all about,” says veteran teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo. But what exactly is it? And how can teachers do it (without losing their minds)? In this series of videos, Ferlazzo and his co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski, also a veteran teacher, 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.

Differentiating Instruction: It's Not as Hard as You Think

Ferlazzo explains that differentiating instruction is really about getting to know your students and making decisions, often in the moment, based on what they need. He offers some low-lift strategies he’s learned over the years for making activities accessible for students with all types of gifts and challenges.

Differentiating Instruction: A Guide for Teaching English-Language Learners

Ferlazzo and Hull Sypnieski offer tips on differentiating instruction for English-language learners. With 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.

Differentiating Instruction: How to Plan Your Lessons

The veteran teachers discuss the various strategies they keep in their back pockets for accommodating all types of learners during a single lesson.

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