Sometimes a visual resource helps teachers differentiate for all students. Putting students’ needs on a matrix while building a lesson is a clever visual way to not let any one student fall through the cracks.
Precision Teaching video is a good example of using low-tech to differentiate vocabulary skills. Students use a word sort in groups identified by the teacher. The groups are set by readiness level. All students are practicing the skill of antonyms, but practice is set based on readiness.
Video on word study depicts differentiation in a writing workshop. Students are working while teacher holds conferences with each student on writing project.
No examples on the video about differentiation. A teacher talking through the process of assessing what level of readiness each student is at for reading and writing. She recommends using tools like lexile.com.
One important piece of differentiation is keeping every student accountable for their work. This article explains how one teacher uses Evernote to keep all of her students work accessible and organized.
When a teacher develops or uses lesson plans, proactive planning for differentiation needs to happen. Differentiation Central has exemplar lessons and strategies to imbed into lessons to aid instruction.
Common Core State Standards and Differentiated Instruction