- Set expectations for yourself and your students.
- Provide clear and concise directions to students.
- Students must know what you want them to understand and be able to do.
- At the beginning of the school year, teach students routines and procedures for entering classroom, turning in homework and class work.
- It is important that students know what they are doing, where to go, and when to go.
- Take ample to time to plan; create a schedule if needed.
Stay up-to-date on best practices by:
- Attending conferences or professional development on differentiated instruction.
- Observing other teachers in your content area differentiating in their classrooms, and invite colleagues/administrators who are proficient in differentiated instruction to your classroom to observe you differentiating. The feedback is invaluable.
- Read literature on differentiated instruction. Here’s some examples of professional books:
- The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Carol Ann Tomlinson
- How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms by Carol Ann Tomlinson
- Differentiated Instruction: Different Strategies for Different Learners by Char Forsten, Jim Grant and Betty Hollas
**Helpful and Useful Tips written by a Middle School Teacher, Kechia Williams