Awesome extensive resource for using and understanding differentiating instruction

Created by Claire Cutting (my brilliant Aunt)

Pinterest Board - Differentiation Done Right

This teacher created an awesome page with an overview of Differentiated Instruction with great examples of using it in your classroom!

Interesting forms for teachers to reflect on DI in the classroom.

Differentiating by Content - Sternberg, Gardner, Gender, Culture...


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Oreo Strategy Close Reading

Oreo Lesson

Here are many resources to help you get to know your students learning style and profile....

Sample Multiple Intelligence Test

The following are some 21st century examples of learning style profiles are directly quoted from an awesome site
  • "School Family offers a simple 12-question test where your child checks off his interests to determine his learning style.

  • Accelerated Learning's test determines where a child's learning preference falls within seven different styles of learning.

  • Edutopia's "What's Your Learning Style?" quiz, asks children to rate how well each of 24 statements describes them to assess learning preferences.

  • What Is My Learning Style offers three different tests to really hone in on your learning style.

  • Homeschool View's learning style test asks 15 questions about how children learn and interact with others.

  • Babyzone offers another test for parents to fill out based on observations they make while their children complete activities.

  • LoveToKnow offers a quick quiz in which you can answer questions about your child based on your observations.

Other Learning Inventories and Assessments

The departments of education in many states have recognized the importance of knowing a student's learning style, and therefore, incorporate learning inventories into resource packets for parents of preschool and kindergarten aged children or incorporate learning styles inventories into state exams. Some examples include:

  • Iowa and Arkansas use the Qualls Early Learning Inventory to provide parents and teachers of children in grades PK-1 with an individual learning profile for each student. Teachers complete inventories while observing students.

  • Kidtelligent is a program that takes your child's learning style and personality and uses it to help you choose suitable activities and goals for your child. The program includes specific strategies to help your child set and reach goals based on his personality and learning style.

  • The 4Mat System teaches teachers and parents how to respond to a student's learning style. It contains a learning styles inventory that focuses on how students receive and process information, then offers unique teaching strategies to accommodate each student's style."

Sample chapters - Teacher's Survival Guide to DI

"Entry Points. It is possible to encourage students to enter a topic or explore it through a learning preference (Gardner, 1993), thus making early experiences a good fit. Entry point explorations can be narrational (telling a story), quantitative (scientific approaches), foundational (looking at beliefs or frameworks of meaning at the core of the topic), aesthetic (sensory, arts-based approaches), or experiential (hands-on, personal opportunities to become involved)."
Above quote taken from awesome article with lots of DI information at link below:'s-of-Planning-Lessons-Differentiated-by-Learning-Profile.aspx
Using Entry Points in developing lessons

Differentiating by Interest

I-Search - Students learn to conduct research through topics that are meaningful to them.

I-Search Process I-Search Chart I-Search Reflection Chart

Orbital Research - Short term independent research
Centers - check out this amazing wiki to get started with differentiated centers!

Conduct interest inventories -

Great collections of inventories

Differentiation by Readiness

Tiered activities - Same central topic/concept tiered by content, process, and product. For example - reading material at different levels, graphic organizers, choice of product.

Examples of tiered lessons

Cubing - put differentiated content/questions on cubes~ differentiate the cubes
Cube creator! & lesson ideas

Curriculum Compacting

PPT explaining Curriculum compacting

All about curriculum compacting

Curriculum Compacting with printable recording forms

Learning Contracts

Definition and examples of learning contracts


Great resource with examples for classroom use


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5- Pre-assessment Ideas

Problem Based Learning

Great resource for problem based learning

Problem Based Learning tips and ideas

Concept Mapping

Non-linguistic representation
Graphic Organizers - amazing collection!!!
Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension
Graphic Organizers for Math
Graphic Organizers for Science
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Using A-Z Organizers

Interactive A-Z Lists


Large resource of foldables and their uses


Interesting ideas using divergent and convergent thinking
Excellent article on effective questioning
Excellent resource for understanding and applying questioning techniques - many printables here!

Concept Attainment

Extension Menus

Great overall explanation of why and how to use extension menus
Check out these sample extension menus at the elementary level

Differentiated Assessment

Fantastic resource for differentiated pre-assessment strategies, ongoing formative assessments, and post unit assessment

Differentiated Grouping for Instruction

Anchor Activities Complete Resource

Low Prep and High Prep Differentiation in your classroom with explanations

These resources are to show Differentiated Instruction in action:

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DI and Inclusion in the 21st Century Classroom