Differentiation Takes Time, Planning and Reflection
Differentiation can involve flexible grouping, assessment, inventories, tiered lessons, and professional development instructors like Carol Ann Tomlinson. Teachers can create a solid foundation that involves differentiated lessons. Here are some management pointers for a differentiated classroom that can be developed in a systematic way that allows for teachers sufficient time to plan, implement, reflect and make an impact on students.
Differentiation does not take place overnight; think of it as a wonderful work in progress. Once you feel comfortable with one aspect of differentiation, you begin to add something new. For example, first explain to students and their parents what will take place in the classroom and how it would affect learning in a positive manner. Then add small things in the class structure such as allowing students choice in their reading and writing.
Like students themselves, differentiation can take on many forms.
Differentiation can be accomplished in a number of ways:
1. Content: What the students learn
2. Process: Activities used to assist the learning
3. Products: Demonstration of learning
The methods you use should be based on the student’s needs:
1. Readiness: Student’s academic standing
2. Learning profile: How the student learns
3. Student’s interest
*Tips that I found helpful and to the point, written by Kechia Williams, a Middle School Teacher.