Differntiation Strategies

Here are some differentiation resources for your consideration. I recieved these in an email from Laurie Westphal. With her permission, I am posting her information below.

She is the author of Differentiating Instruction With Menus. She a great website that is very useful as well.


“The ultimate aim of education is creation of the power of self-control.” John Dewey

“A key principle of differentiation is that all students are moving toward the same instructional objectives” (Moon, 2005, p. 231).

“Asking the right questions has an enormous impact on how we pursue equity and excellence in our classrooms.” Carol Ann Tomlinson

“What is fair isn’t always equal.” Rick Wormeli

“Fun isn’t the objective. It’s the result of great teaching!” Bertie Kingore

“When all kids have the same answers, I have no clue what they really know.” Bertie Kingore


Differentiation and Learning Styles:


Popular Low-Prep v. High prep list:


List of differentiation activities 4-12:


List of differentiation activities K-4:


Website of differentiation strategies:


Bloom’s Questions Starters:


Differentiated School by Carol Ann Tomlinson, Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez

Chart for what is differentiation, what is it not?


Busting Myths about Differentiated Instruction:


Ideas for managing DI classroom: obstacles for leading DI Classroom, Ways to assign groups, managing questions, handling paperwork, possible anchor activities (p. 8)


Differentiation: A Way of Thinking About the Classroom


“Deciding to Teach Them All” Tomlinson


“What is the best advice you can give to a teacher about differentiating instruction?” (Tomlinson/Wormeli)


bibliography of research differentiation instruction


Graphic of DI Model:


“11 Practical Ways to Guide Teachers toward Differentiation (and an Evaluation Tool)” http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ752246


Two sources I have found helpful while researching the impact assessment can have on DI:

Doubet, K. J. (2012). Formative assessment jump-starts a middle grades differentiation initiative. Middle School Journal(3), 32-38.

Moon, T. R. (2005). The role of assessment in differentiation. Theory Into Practice, 44(3), 226-233.







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