Differentiated Instruction (DI)


Overview

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

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 through one carefully designed lesson plan where the tasks are explicit and carefully scaffolded. The tasks are designed to ensure all students are challenged and supported.

Workshop length: 2-6 hours duration