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 

Supporting research

High Impact Teaching Strategies - Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 2017

  • Differentiated Instruction; adjusting for individuals, Providing challenge / targeted intervention – effect size: 1.07