Differentiated Instruction

"...Shaking up what goes on in the classroom so that students have multiple options for taking in information, making sense of ideas, and expressing what they learn."

-Carol Ann Tomlinson

Differentiated Instruction is...

  • Proactive

  • Qualitative

  • Rooted in Assessment

  • Multiple Approaches to Learning

  • Student-Centered

  • A Blend of Instruction

  • Organic

Differentiating Content, Process, and Product


  • Readiness- Ensure material is appropriately challenging according to what students already know

  • Interest- Incorporating student interest in instruction to build upon what they already know

  • Learning Profile- Allow students to learn new concepts through the modality they learn through best

Process and Product

  • Readiness- Match task to student's current level of ability

  • Interest- Give students choice in their learning to help them make connections and achieve their goals

  • Learning Profile- Allow students to express what they have learned in their own unique way