Differentiated Instruction

"The challenge with mixed-ability groups is to satisfy both equity and excellence. Search as hard as you may, but you’ll never find a job in the Lake Wobegon School District, where all students conveniently arrive above average in their academic readiness.

Instead, you’re more likely to find yourself in a school system where teachers are confronting classrooms populated by students who struggle mightily to learn, by others who are academically advanced well beyond their years, by still others for whom English is a second language and by youngsters who come to school from oppressive and/or abusive homes.

Anyone who has been in a contemporary classroom for even 15 minutes can plainly see that student needs vary greatly, yet the increasing pressure by state bodies to reach mandated performance standards does not usually account for student variance.

The challenge, then, for school leaders is to address both equity and excellence in today’s schools. How can you provide access for struggling learners to high-level, potent and engaging learning opportunities without denying the needs of highly able learners to work at a pace and level of complexity appropriate to their special learning needs?" --CAROL ANN TOMLINSON

  1. What Is Differentiated Instruction? -- Resource-rich site!
  2. Differentiated Instruction
  3. What Does a Differentiated Classroom Look Like?
  4. Differentiated Instruction in the Mixed-Ability Classroom
  5. Crossing the Tracks: How "Untracking" Can Save America's Schools
  6. How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms
  7. Differentiated Instruction -- Chart & Diagram presentation; quite useful!
  8. Differentiated Learning Network
  9. Teaching in Mixed-Ability Classrooms
  10. Differentiated Instruction Web Sites
  11. Differentiating Instruction
  12. Leadership for Differentiated Classrooms
  13. Differentiating Instruction For Advanced Learners In the Mixed-Ability Middle School Classroom
  14. How To Work Effectively With A Heterogeneous Classroom
  15. Elements Integrated Into Curricula
  16. Emotional I.Q. and Multiple Intelligences

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