Differentiated Instruction (DI)
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
High Impact Teaching Strategies - Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 2017
- Differentiated Instruction; adjusting for individuals, Providing challenge / targeted intervention – effect size: 1.07