Definition
Differentiated instruction is the purposeful and continuous modification of assessment, instruction, and curriculum, based on the teacher’s ongoing assessment of the students’ level of readiness, interests, learning profiles and learning environments in order to ensure academic growth for all students.

  • Defines a specific set of practices within the larger set of best practices in instruction
  • Serves all learners in the group
  • Provides appropriate levels of challenge for all learners in the group

DIAL Task Force

  • Assessment Driven Differentiation of Instruction
  • Response to Intervention Differentiation of Instruction
  • Differentiation of Instruction
  • Differentiated Lessons and Units by Content Areas
  • Differentiated Instruction For All Learners (DIAL) Institutional Commitment
  • Differentiated Instruction For All Learners (DIAL) Classroom Commitment
  • Lesson Study
Differentiation of Instruction
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is a teacher’s response to learners’ needs
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guided by general principles of differentiation
(e.g.)
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respectful tasks flexible grouping, etc. on-going assessment and adjustment
teachers can differentiate
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CONTENT PROCESS PRODUCT
according to students’
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READINESS
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INTEREST
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LEARNING PROFILE
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through a range of instructional and management strategies such as:

The Differentiated Classroom:
Responding to the Needs of All Learners
by Carol Ann Tomlinson

Differentiated Lessons and Units by Content Areas
There are a multitude of strategies that are excellent for differentiating curriculum. The purpose of this section is to highlight strategies that are particularly effective within a specific discipline and/or grade level. The caution in starting to differentiate is to start with small steps. Any of the following strategies may be the right starting point for beginning the journey toward differentiation.

Institutional Commitment for Differentiation
(Leadership: administrators, teacher-leaders, school board)

Entry Level: Plan
Baseline (information)

Intermediate Level: Implement
Apply and Learn (research)

Advanced Level: Assess
Action Research (action)

Classroom Commitment to Differentiation
(Models of Differentiation in Action)

Entry Level: Plan
Baseline (information)

Intermediate Level: Implement
Apply and Learn (research)

Advanced Level: Assess
Action Research (action)

Lesson Study Process download Word doc

Lesson Study Forms

Gap Analysis for Research Theme Form:  Research_theme_gap.doc

Lesson Planning Form:  Tool_for_planning_and_describing.doc

Observation/Debriefing Form: Observation_Protocol.doc

Lesson Study Resources:

http://lessonresearch.net/ – Mills College.  They have free video on their site and many links to other great sites.

http://www.globaledresources.com/ – Global Education Resources – Japanese math materials translated into English

http://www.tc.edu/lessonstudy/ – Lesson Study Research Group – some of the first and best thinking on lesson study in the United States