“Even though students may learn in many ways, the essential skills and content they learn can remain steady. Students can take different roads to the same destination.” ~Carol Ann Tomlinson

Tips for Managing Differentiated Activities

  1. Remember that you will not use DI everyday. Sometimes you must have whole-group instruction.
  2. Use anchor activities to free you up to circulate to the groups, giving attention to those who need it.
  3. Create and deliver instructions carefully. Provide students with written directions as well as oral ones.
  4. Teach students to make smooth transitions into different seating arrangements.
  5. Have a “home base” for students at the beginning and ending of each class.
  6. Teach students how they can get help when you are working with another group.
  7. Make a plan for students to turn in work.
  8. Minimize stray movement by designating a “gofer” for each group or an “Expert of the Day” who can answer questions one person at a
  9. time.
  10. Have a plan for quick finishers. Refer to anchor activities.
  11. Make a plan for bringing closure to a lesson.
  12. Remember that DI can happen at outside of the classroom. Consider differentiated homework assignments.

Click on a link below to open files and resources from the FCHS "Putting Differentiated Instruction In Practice" Professional Development Workshop for FCHS Teachers.

"Welcome to the Big Top" - Differentiated Instruction Workshop Presentation:

"Building Tiered Tasks":

Learning Profiles and Interest Inventories for Assessment:

Web Resources:

Videos for differentiating at the secondary level and in different curricular areas - http://differentiationcentral.com/videos2.html#second

Examples of Choice Boards and Tic-Tac-Toe Boards - http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/Choice+Boards

Dare to Differentiate Wiki with resources for implementing and designing differentiated instruction - http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/Background+information+on+differentiation