Many Forms of Differentiation

When you have 4 classes functioning at about the same level, it is easy to create a cookie cutter lesson and implement a “one size fits all” approach. What’s the harm, they all have to get it, so why not give it at the same time. After all, it can be a bit cumbersome doing different lesson plans for each class.

The truth is, although it may appear the classes are functioning at the same level because your team has the “bubble kids”, they really are not. And within your lesson plans across the classes there’s need for differentiation. And with that there’s an even greater need for organization.

This idea stems from a video I was encouraged to watch during the summer. Within the video, the teacher and the students referred to playlist to give order for the task at hand.

I implemented a playlist at the beginning of the school year bto provide students with that same order. It quickly evolved to my differentiation display. All 4 classes were working on similar concepts, however the process and in some cases the products differed based on the overall need of the class. Off to the side is a key to notate which class is associated with each color.

Differentiation can sometimes be an overwhelming task. Beginning with the work of meeting the needs of individual classes can be a simple springboard to differentiating within a class and moving towards individualized instruction (or some form of it).

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