Differentiated Instruction (DI


Overview

Differentiated Instruction (DI) occurs when we make adjustments to our lessons to cater for the different learners in our classes.

There are four opportunities for differentiated lessons:

  • Activity - designing higher-order thinking/challenging questions and tasks
  • Process - scaffolding tasks with the appropriate thinking tools and language to ensure that all learners can experience some success
  • Cooperative learning - using cooperative learning tools, which allow for peer tuition and caters for the different learning styles of students
  • Assessment - Adjusting the products that the students submit

Differentiated Instruction can be achieved in a practical way though one carefully designed lesson plan where the tasks are explicit, the questions and tasks are scaffolded and the tasks are designed so that they will challenge all students, irrespective of their abilities.

Workshop length: 2-6 hours duration